Team Photo at the training camp
Team Photo at the training camp

The first week in France has been a busy one.  The week started with a team training camp, followed a doctors visit to Grenoble to get my French Cycling License approved, and ended with some interesting rides in the French winter.

The team training camp consisted of a 4hr ride on Saturday (read: hammer-fest) and a 5hr ride on Sunday (another hammer-fest), mixed in with a few meetings, interviews and a team photograph. It was great to train together and meet all the other riders although it was a little chilly for my liking.

On Friday I set off to explore a little more of the Ardèche countryside and I decided that one of the biggest climbs in the area was a good place to start: the Col de Meyrand.

The snow capped summit.
The snow capped summit in the distance

Ascent of the 1300m Col de Meyrand

Ascending 1000m up to 1300m, the Col de Meyrand is going to be a regular in my training rides. I was only 15km up of the 22km climb, however, when it started to snow.  The temperature had dropped below 3 degrees so, desperate for a little more sunshine, I decided to head back down the mountain. The descent was freezing!  At one point, I even stopped in the sun to try and thaw a little before continuing.  Needless to say, I had a long hot shower and a mountain-sized cup of tea when I got home.

Off the mountain and a few km back up the road
Off the mountain and a few km back up the road
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