Today is our last full day at l’Alpe d’Huez and 11 of our group headed out for our last ride of our tour. After a swift descent down the mountain to Bourg d’Oisans we headed up the valley before turning right for the 20 klm climb up to the small ski village of La Berarde. After the climb up to Alpe d’Huez yesterday, I found the going pretty tough but managed to join the group for coffee half way up and then kept with them for the final ascent. After a nice lunch we headed back down the valley, but diverted along the way to the quaint little town of Venosc for deserts and coffee. Then it was full pelt back to Bourg d’Oisans (thanks to Warrick for drafting me down the highway) where I reluctantly returned my hire bike. I could be very tempted by a Pinarello.
My Garmin said I traveled 81.5 klms in 3 hours 40 minutes at an average speed of nearly 22 klm/hr. We ascended 1,233 meters elevation and I burnt 1,405 calories, so I don’t feel at all guilty about the ice ream with lashings of real cream on top. A ride back up the mountain in the car to Alpe d’Huez and my French riding experience was all over. Tomorrow we travel to the city of Lyon for some sightseeing before we fly out for home on Monday evening.