Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Day 2 Col de la Forclaz, Col de Leschaux and Semnoz….

Day 2 started off with that same effing climb out of the hotel and then a climb to the climb.  Help me - I need warm-up!!  Once again, my HR was in Zone 17a within 3 minutes.  Oh this could be a loooong day!!  The boys and Laura Lee took off and I was happy to be in a little control of my own destiny for the day.  The first climb (other than leaving the hotel) was Col de Forclaz.  A beautiful climb.  With an average grade of 8% I think.  There were section of 13-14% grade and the first time I wished I had more gears:)  It was sunny, warm and just plain gorgeous looking back down at the lake.  Just Wow.

The descent was a bit sketchy and one of the guys almost went down but had an amazing save - I was impressed.  Plus there was the mountain bike dude that didn't care for being passed on the descent so he passed everyone back and took off.  Another wow.

The next climb was Col de Lescheux - it was a bit more gentle but just as beautiful. And as a bonus, I got to kiss the podium girl at the top.

The weather up to this point was fantastic but as we started the climb to Semnoz (and the first time out of tree-line) the big clouds started lining up.  The best part of the climb?  Each kilometer, there was a sign announcing how many more k's to go.  The worst part of the climb?  Each kilometer, that same sign also announced the average grade of the upcoming kilometer.  It really sucks when it says 8% and you are on a flat cuz you know what's going to happen:)  About the time of the ski area, it started sprinkling.  After tree line at the cows, it started raining.  I decided not to put on my rain jacket since I only had 1.5k to go……Plus the cows were giving me more cowbell and I felt obligated to really go for it.
And then the skies opened up and it started pouring!!!  Thank goodness the Trek Travel van showed up with our dry warm clothes and the cafe had awesome potage (soup) and cafe au lait.  It didn't let up so 11 of us piled into the van and drove down the mountain.

Fantastic day 2.