Sunday, July 26, 2009

Sun, Jul 26: Stage 32

Today's stage was 48.6 miles, from Pleasanton /plɛzɑ̃̃tɔ̃/ to Mont Diabloux and back. Pommi's mission today was "I have unfinished business", meaning the missed opportunity to summit last weekend, and to ride up all the way today. At Mile 6, Pommi took the sprint points at the Danville Town Limit sign, ahead of a vintage guy on a vintage bike, wearing vintage cycling clothing. The climb to Mont Diabloux began at Mile 13, and from thereon it was a grueling 11 mile ascent of the Horse Category (because you really need a horse to pull you up the mountain). Pommi took the KOM points at Col de la Junction (ahead of the rider with the trailer with his two kids) and at the Summit of Mont Diabloux. The 22-minute ride down (compare this to 1 1/2 hours riding up, excluding the 1 hour for rest stops) was similarly uneventful and unrefreshing as last weekend, with temperatures now in the Oven Category. The final 10 miles back were not very enjoying after having emptied a bottle of Gatorade instead of water over my head. The ride ended with a sprint on Dublin Elysees; not because of more points to collect, but because I really wanted to go home and take a nap.

3 comments:

tbv@trustbut.com said...

Chapeux bon Pommi--

While you were doing Le Diabloux, I was doing La Junction du Mines, the long way from the house, all 116 miles of it. 14 bottles later, I was quite happy to fall into ze pool. No prix but Lanterne Rouge, but rode it to the end.

pommi said...

That's quite an achievement, respect !!! What were your riding stats ?

tbv@trustbut.com said...

slow, and slower - "pacing myself", yup, that's what it was. 10 minutes longer out than in april, about the same as then coming back. Really collapsed from livermore to blackhawk, revived at McD's to limp home.