At the bottom of the first descent - no one to direct us - so we duly worked out where we were on the card and made the correct decision. At the first coffee stop they seemed to fix the 705 but that lasted about 15 minutes before the screen went blank again. As the support vehicles passed us they yelled out directions for the next junctions - and we duly followed what we were told ... right at the next roundabout and the cafe on the left ... well there was no cafe on the left, what they had neglected to mention was turn left then left again and it's on the left ... so 5k later ... hey ho.
Anyhow, sunny and very hot, wind very light and the scenery is staggering, managed to take one or two shots so here they are ...
|Ready to roll|
|Starting point; Hendaye|
|Dave at the first coffee stop in Espelette|
|Bikes parked there!|
|At the top after a long 5% average climb - the Tourmalet is 7.5% and much longer ...|
|Lunch venue at Helette - the most awesome mushroom omelettes!|
Today's course profile and stats ... 99 miles and 3,100 m climbing ... 7 hours 30.