The Green Army: Allevard to Corps
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.