‘’buzz, buzz,buzz’’ goes off at 6 am, and it’s time for up.
Our morning timing is generally breakfast at 7 am and luggage and ride out at 8 am.
I like to be organised before I go to bed with my riding gear for the next morning so that I’m on time to leave. But it’s not always so easy as the weather plays a big part when you’re cycling quite quickly.
Breakfast is simple with cereals, pastry, bread and frit.
In Italy the days were hot and dry, though we did have some rain. But in France the day might start out clear and sunny, but it seems to quickly turn to overcast , windy, with some drizzle and I can get cold. The scenario generally is, start out with warm gear, then I get hot quickly, so some gear off, then I get cold, so the gear goes back on, then I get hot again … it’s a cycle of events I’ve just come to accept.
Almost without exception, every morning ride starts off with an uphill, the only variable being the length and the gradient. This is so even on the hill top towns!
We generally ride for about forty (40) kms or so before we stop for a break and coffee in a village or small town. In between times the support van will be along the road with water and food, normally museli bars, fruit or nuts. We’ll then ride on for another thirty / forty kilometres before we stop for lunch, generally a baguette or quiche from a patisserie.
After lunch we’ll ride through to an afternoon tea, and generally arrive at the hotel anywhere between 5 – 6 pm.
Then it’s garage the bikes, up for shower, briefing generally at 7 pm, and then either a group dinner or dinner separately.
In summary through, the day’s profile is; ride, eat, sleep!