Thursday, September 30, 2010

Alpe d'Huez - Random Fun

Aside from the race and climbing up the mountain on very skinny tires, my holiday/vacation was so much more fun. Here are just a few of the random photos that will make me return again next year.
John shows off how you get the ladies. Just show them your big laptop.....

Blue skies and stickers all around at the top of the climb to La Madeleine.

Mount Blanc in the distance!

The circus was in town too. I loved saying hello to the camel, llama and donkey every morning.

After all our exertions and climbing, climbing, climbing - we end up in the valley for happy hour. Ah... I love the reward. Chris, Beth, Gervase, Louise and John relax in the sun. Well earned...

Some of the landscape - Louise and I are entertained by the stream on the side of the road.

Did you know that the majority of France is powered by nuclear energy? The second largest provider of electricity is hydro electric power. A lovely mountain lake created by the dam.

Working on my tan besides the lake. Well, not really. Who wants a cyclist's tan??

A long way down on the other side of the dam. No pretty water on this end.

Chris fights off traffic as he leads the group up the mountain. Yep, can't get a wheel in edgewise among all the cars here.

I had to stop and take a picture of this view.

Louise and I pose at the top of the Col du Lautarent.

How great is this place at the Col du Laurent? Lounge chairs outside for all our hard earned cycling!

Instead of beer this time, the reward was a chocolate banana crepe and a large cup of coffee. Seriously, it often doesn't get better than that.

Action shot?

Finally, the group fuels up for all the activities. Ahh... eating, drinking, cycling, friends. All good stuff.

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