Friday, August 3, 2007

France Pictures

Here are some pictures from the trip:

Climbing the Port de Bales on Day One.

At the summit of Port de Bales awaiting the peloton.

Decending Port de Bales. The mountains were really beautiful.

View from my hotel room in Lourdes. Our home for three nights.

View from halfway up the Tourmalet on Day 2.

Looking back down the mountain from just below the summit of the Tourmalet.

One of those really discouraging signs. On this one they neglect to mention that the first 500m is at 5% and last 500 at 15%.

Getting ready to tackle the Col d' Aubisque (the big thing in the background) on Day 3. This was a really fantastic day of both riding and getting to view the Tour de France.

We viewed the stage from the village of Gourette, about 4 km below the summit of the Aubisque.

Levi Leipheimer attacking Michael Rasmussen (in yellow) on their way up the mountain. Rasmussen won the stage but was kicked out of the Tour later that day for missing drug tests and lying about where he was.

After a few more days of riding between France and Spain we finally finished up in Paris. Later this afternoon we would watch the Tour arrive in town.

Finally, enjoying the Tour from Paris.


Susan said...

What an awesome experiene you had! Thanks for letting us come along. I look forward to reading more posts and seeing more pix!
Susan B.

Doug said...

Awesome pictures. Looks like it was great fun. Thanks for posting!

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