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Stage 15 – Mende to Valence

Day 15 stats

Definitely a day for the sprinters.
Definitely a day for the sprinters.

Saddle time for today – 7 hours 20 minutes

Saddle time cumulative – 97 hours 25 minutes

Today was another hot transition stage towards the Alps.  Fairly uneventful until one of my two ride buddies got a bit too hot near the end of the stage.  I hope he recovers well this evening.  The road was pretty good, lots of Tourmac and some really enjoyable fast descents.

Titanium bikes rock!  Xicon with some friends.
Titanium bikes rock! Xicon with some friends.
Tiffy Laing and Jake French in identical kit and bikes - respect!
Tiffy Laing and Jake French in identical kit and bikes – respect!

Amount raised for William Wates Memorial Trust so far:  £3586.  Thanks to Paul Campbell for the latest donation.  If you would like to increase this amount, please use this link to my charity page.  I will personally thank you in the next post.

Stage 14 – Riding through the Gorges du Tarn

Day 14 stats

Another transition day!
Another transition day!

Saddle time for today – 7 hour 10 minutes

Saddle time cumulative – 90 hours

Total actual distance so far – 2371km

Today was another transition stage, through the beautiful Gorges du Tarn and under the very impressive Millau viaduct.  It was a warm one again, with a couple of cheeky climbs thrown in for good measure.  The final one to the finish line was a Cat 2, known as the Cote de la Croix Neuve outside Mende, which is only 3km long but averages out at 10%, so was quite a challange at the end of a long hot day.

Couple of photos of the Xicon, the bike along the way:

Xicon with Millau Viaduct in the background.
Xicon with Millau Viaduct in the background.
Xicon in the Gorges du Tarn.
Xicon in the Gorges du Tarn.

And some roundabout decoration.

Traditional Tour de France roundabout decoration.
Traditional Tour de France roundabout decoration.

I have also invented a new word.  Let me explain.  Basically, if the Tour is coming through your town or village, it seems to be an excuse to get the road resurfaced with silky smooth tarmac, which from hence forth, shall be known as TOURMAC.  As we are riding the route, we are treated to quite a lot of Tourmac each day.  I wish the Tour would come to Oxfordshire!

Amount raised for William Wates Memorial Trust so far:  £3566.  If you would like to increase this amount, please use this link to my charity page.  I will personally thank you in the next post.