Today's mission was 147 miles forward, 5000' up and to safely get over seven cobbled sectors. Oh, and it will be quite warm too!
|Long enough for you?|
|Odd'n'sods beofre the cobbles make their mark...|
|On the climb up to Citadelle de Namur...|
|View from said C'delle. It was worth the schlepp up.|
Thereafter we formed into a group with the A-grade fast loons and I was able to last their 24mph for a good few miles until I punctured. To be fair, if I hadn't have flatted then I would have pulled the plug because these guys (Le Tracteur among them) were just crazy fast...
|Wanted a photo of these sideways stats before the cobbles...pleased!|
The cobbles were extraordinary: you've never been shaken around like that unless you're an ex-Apollo astronaut who reckoned that a Saturn V launch was akin to “like being a rat in the jaws of a giant terrier.” It didn't help that my saddle bag decided it had had enough and fell-off, which meant trying to survive four sectors riding one-handed at times. Not a barrel of laughs!
It wasn't until I had gotten rid of the bag that I could really give the last pave sector 'full beans'...it was still excruciating but at least this was a blast at last! I'm struggling to describe just how rough they were...along one of the sectors I stopped to help Malcolm change an inner tube: I'm sure there were quite a few punctures amongst our number. I think I was secretly glad of the respite, hah-hah!
|How deep is your pave? Too. Damn. Deep!|
|An expired Python? Must be G.C.!|
|Toast you may be, but sensational scenery|
|Back behind the velvet ropes, ladies...|
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