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.
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.