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    Tour de France Road trip Stage 8 & 9 part 1 of 4

    Took a weekend road trip to the Pynerees for some riding and TdF viewing. This was a trip of a life time and could not find a more beautiful place to ride. Left Fri from Southern Spain and hit the Pynerees through Andorra. Arrived in Ax-les-Thermes in time for a ride up Ax 3 Domaines the night before the Tour arrived. Also had time to ride up the Col du Chioula.

    On Sat morning got up early and climbed the Col de Pailheres, an HC killer! Made a quick decent into town and then made our way up Ax 3 to wait for the Tour to arrive.

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    1. Entering Pynerees in Andorra.
    2. Ax 3 Domaines.
    3. Already waiting for Le Tour.
    4. Col du Chioula.
    5. Tour support moving into Ax the night before.
    6. Col de Pailheres.
    7. Ax-les-Thermes and Ax 3 climb from Pailheres.
    8. Pailheres Summit.
    9. Summit banner.
    10. Decent switchbacks.
    11. Cav's suitcase!
    12. The big hands!
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    The Tour part 2 of 4

    We set up on the side of the road and waited about two hours for the tour to arrive. Then wondered about town that night seeing the post ride activity.

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    13. Fan Supporting the current leader.
    14. Porte, Froom and Valverde just before the final move of the day
    15. Yellow jersey in serious trouble.
    16. OMQS Mechanics
    17. World Champ's bike getting new tape.
    18. Cooking dinner for Contador.
    19. Sky getting bottles ready for the next day, nice team car!
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    Day 2 Stage 9 part 3 of 4

    Sunday began with a drive to Bagneres and getting the bikes out to catch the tour and climb the Col de Tourmalet. The Tour flew through the little town outside Bagneres and then it was off to an early evening climb of the Tourmalet. This was an epic climb and so filled with Tour history. Even three years after the last time the Tour was here, the faint names still appeared painted on the road.

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    20. Best seat in the house.
    21. Dan Martin on the break.
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    Col de Tourmalet part 4 of 4

    This was a beast! Started out with an easy grade and then really ramped up. Thinking about watching all the greats of the past going up this climb and then getting to do it was one of the coolest cycling experiences of my life. If you ever get the chance, do it!

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    22. At the base of the Col.
    23. Road art from 2010.
    24. Lance has not yet been forgotten.
    25. One Km to go.
    26. The end of a great trip!
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    Tour de France Road trip Stage 8 & 9 part 1 of 4

    Cool pictures! Thanks for sharing.

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    I am jealous beyond words! Thank you for taking the time out to upload and share with the greater RBR community. Saxo bank has a huge rolling kitchen! I saw a tour of the Astana but and they had a mini fridge and a coffee maker. Also, are those team issued off the bike sky colored shoes (next to the Jag)?

    I hope I don't come across as a jerk, because that is not my intention: Whenever you have bright sun and strong shadows, chances are your subjects will come out as dark silhouettes. Forcing a flash to go off - not something folks think about doing outdoors - would have filled those silhouettes out with bright colorful detail (Port/Froome going round the bend). Totally unsolicited, I know.

    Off topic, staying clear of stage spoilers throughout the day is like navigating a minefield. One false click and you are done.

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    Great post.

    A couple of years ago we rode a mountain stage of the tour (not during the race of course). The climbs were impressive but we had a triple on our tandem so it wasn't that hard to do.

    The downhills OTOH scared the heck out of us. Our brakes were crazy hot and I am sure we hit record speeds for us.

    Great memories.
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    these are better than i was expecting, and my expectations were already rather high.

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    Thanks for taking us there!!!!

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