Robert S
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The Green Army: Allevard to Corps

Robert S
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26 Jun 2014

The Green Army are a team of seventeen cyclists, completing various stages of the London - Paris - Geneva - Nice cycling challenge. They are cycling in support of their good friend and colleague who has been diagnosed with lymphoma. To date, the team have raised in excess of £30,000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research through this event alone!

Day 2 - Allevard to Corps

In the words of the youth of today OMG!

I thought I had endured some tough days in the saddle but nothing prepared me for this. Whilst 75 miles sounded a short ride(?) especially with the first 39 miles being relatively flat, this was a beast of a day. At 39 miles we were faced with nearly 2 miles of 10% gradient and then another 4 miles of gradual incline, all in 30+ degrees heat.

After lunch we enjoyed a nice descent but we all knew that every descent has to be paid for and we soon found ourselves facing another climb, this time about 7 miles in length to the top of the Col de Cornillon.  This was without doub the hardest climb I have ever faced, especially in the heat we encountered.

We were assured at the last drink stop, with 13 miles to go that we faced 12 miles downhill and a 1 mile climb to the hotel.  This turned out to be less than accurate, with 11 miles of severely undulating roads ahead of us followed by a 2 mile climb to the hotel. All arrived safely and a very nice meal was enjoyed before everyone headed for bed.

Tomorrow is 91 mile, allegedly an easier day that today.  Let's hope so.

 

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