Woke to sunshine and the sound of a PA from the cycle event just up the road. It was a Randonnee, an organised bike ride over a choice of distances, in this case 75, 100 0r 166 km. We walked up to take a look at the start/finish area. A well organised event at the local sports complex.
Next it was off to the supermarket for some supplies and then a stroll back for lunch. After lunch we wandered up to the event again to see some of the finishers.
I then decided to go for a bike ride over part of the 75km course, or as much as I could Deduce from the low scale French road atlas. It turned out to be 12 miles of climbing up an average gradient of 8 – 10%. On reaching the top there is a few miles of up and down across a plateau and then the 15 mile descent and along the Lot valley back to St Geniez. I couldn’t enjoy it much though as most of the ride across the top and the descent was against a strong wind and in cold rain so some of the bends were a bit tricky with cold wet hands on the brakes and rain on my glasses.
After I got back I couldn’t get warm so we got in the car and took a drive around where I had just ridden, with the heater on! It was very nice and I soon got warm. It was just over 30 miles round the circuit
Brazil just scored on TV, taking a break to watch the replays with French commentary. It seems strange to hear Arsene Wenger talking French. He is co-commentating.