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Cambridge to Les Gets 2013 route

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Using the Adze programme I stitched together all the GPS trails for my ride to Les Gets.  Each day is given a different colour. There are a total of 25,471 points over the 761 miles (about 53 yards apart)

Clicking on the map will download a file that you can open in Google Earth taking  you through the route in minute detail.

Here is an example taken from Google Earth when I was in Gray, debating whether to stay or carry on.

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Day 13 – Final day into Les Gets

I finally made it to my apartment in Les Gets 13 days after leaving Cambridge &  with 76 hours perched on my Brooks B17 saddle. Total distance covered this time 774 miles (1237km) which means when moving I was averaging about 10mph.

The day was very tough for me, as the profile shows:

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I’m not going to get any speed prizes though. For the Route des Gets climb I came 295th out of 295 on Strava 🙁

WTF A Brompton overtook me!The most humiliating part of the day was when a guy on a Brompton steamed past on me on the climb out of Morez. I was going to ask him how many pedals he broke doing a 200 metre climb – but he was gone..

The most amazing part of the day is that there were NO trucks at all on the N5 mountain pass. Have they been banned? or don’t they like all the roadworks. Whatever the reason it’s a great benefit to we cyclists, the biggest danger was the cars lugging their wide camping trailers.

Here is the Strava for the day:

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The days pics are here.

And here is an overview of my spreadsheet:

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Day 11 Marnay to Hotel des Lacs

I think I’m going to need a pilot’s checklist before setting out each morning! Today I forgot to turn the Strava app on until I cycled over 6 miles 🙁 plus the cadence meter obviously was knocked out of alignment too, as Strava didn’t record my cadence.

elegant benchA pleasant day for biking although it’s getting really quite cold in the mornings. The Hills soon warmed me up though.  I loved the ultra smart cycleway that abruptly ended at the start of the Jura department. I admired the totally over the top Saline Royale gateway. Plus the rather gorgeous looking public benches in Ranchot. In Mouchard there was a lovely wooden telephone kiosk . I enjoyed a lovely lunch in Arbois. Then the climbing started…..

I gave up when the Hotel des Lacs  hoved into view. The N5road was getting on my nerves plus the 1600 feet of almost continuous climbing  was taking it’s toll.

The Strava data is here (shortened by 6.2 miles):

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The pictures are here

Tomorrow will be the worst in many ways as it will mainly be up & down lots of BIG hills on very busy roads 🙁

Day 10 Chaumont to Marnay

IMG_3347An excellent days riding with the weather now a lot colder in the morning.  Made error Numero Uno when setting off this morning by going down a steep hill to find out at the bottom I was 180 degrees out 🙁 so had to pedal all the way back up.

Varied scenery along the canals, long straight roads, lakes and charming villages. Tomorrow should see my first mountain stage in The Jura where last time I nearly froze to death.

The village names over here are pretty cool, went from Gray to Cult…. The tourist info lady in Gray booked me into the Au Balcon here in Marnay a bit basic but a very friendly landlady who spoke good Franglais  🙂 No WiFi or SFR reception in the hotel, so doing this sat out in the main square freezing to death.

Managed to do over 84 miles some of it over 25 mph in top gear, very cool although I suspect I had a good tail wind in places.

Here is the Strava data:

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Photos are here