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Thursday 3 July raid d3

semi-overcast

06.00 wake up. Phone died again.useless thing.

06.45 down to the van for cereals and flaffing. 07.00 breakie.

People seem in a funny mood today. Little bit strange. Try and get them everything they need and keep them happy. Very slow start today..a couple of the guys went off early ish but the others seemed no hurry to. Once they had G went up after them while I went to Bagneres to get some bananas. Banana buying is a never ending mission. Bought the local shop out of bananas and oranges.

Col d'Aspin..glad the weather held for them to be able to appreciate the scenery. It may be cold but at least there is no low cloud and rain...yet.

Down the descent to Arreau..nice pretty village/town but I hate it as its a nightmare to drive through..especially on market day is today. This time though they shit the village to cars which was good. Still had to find a way around to the detour but better than trying to squeeze through the small streets. French people here have no qualms about walking in the deter of the road and are completely unaware of anything else around them.

Up to the Col de Peyresourde, where there is a lovely cafe at the top. Not sure how but all the group is pretty close together so time to go to the top and have a bit of a chill. Helped some Germans, who are doing the raid but independently, with a mechanical. Then the same with some French cyclists later.

Weather is being very changeable..no idea what it will do next, tho so far no rain yet..fingers crossed. Still made the clients put layers in for the descent..you never know and its better to err on being too warm.

Back down in the valley, it's raining lightly but not too bad. Met most at luchon then sped off to catch the rest and check they are ok. G is with the tandem so I have 9 to keep an eye on. These lot are still relatively close together so should be fine.

Col Ares, Col de Buret go by, now loitering at the top of the Col de Portet d'Aspet. G just left, the tandem guys are apparently on a mission so he is now off to chase them down. I now have about an hour or so of waiting. If it wasn't wet I would consider getting on the bike..I still might.

In the end I got sidetracked by my book, and was surprised when people reached to col. Oops. Fed and watered them then down to St Giron's for a stamp and then they have a 27km drag home.

I'm feeling tired (and stuffed and fat with crappy foods) at this point and the hotel can't come soon enough. On the plus side the sun is out fully any it is almost hot for the first time today.

Got into the hotel just before 8. The last riders just after. Dinner , and oh my god how much dinner, straight away. Everyone tired but in a good mood. All finished and stuff sorted by 22.15. WiFi just reaches my room so I can post this, then i think I will pass out. Then it will start all over again tomorrow

Posted by louisebenn 13:19 Archived in France

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