Tour de France 2016
What a week. We were extremely lucky with the route of the 2016 Tour de France having 4 stages just a short ride from our Chamonix Valley base.
With 2 challenging days riding before the Tour arrived in the region, and scorching weather, we managed to balance the abilities of a mixed level of riders to make the most of the days.
Fantastic organisation by the Swiss for the Emosson Dam stage saw us watching the big screen in the shade, then back in the Chalet just over an hour after the stage finish.
The Time Trial day has to be a highlight of the week. We had Michael Matthews shouting 'Allez Allez' to us as we were climbing and he was descending to TT start. Marcus Burghardt and 2 of the Lotto Jumbo guys asking for directions to their Hotel - luckily I knew where it was! Finally, one of our guests was handed the bike by Rodriguez during his frantic change from TT bike to road bike on the Cote du Domancy - photo below - what a day!
We knew this week would be a challenge emotionally and has been one of reflection and sadness as there was an empty seat at the dinner table. Our dear Friend of many years, and loyal supporter Iain Higgs was no longer with us. Most of our guests this week were lucky to have known Iain, I first met him in 1988 when we both moved to the Isle of Man on the same day. Iain had become a Middle Aged Man in Lycra in recent years, and a regular visitor since 2012. Gentleman, bike fanatic, and a true friend, we miss you dearly.