Sunday, July 13, 2008

Vence Pre Rides

Since we arrived two days early we had the opportunity to get in two days of "warm up" riding. Getting warm was not a problem as the temperatures were in the high 80's to low 90's.  Our first pre-ride took us up the Gorges du Loup with close up views of the cascade (waterfall)  de courmes.

This was a beautiful ride with a steady climb of about 5% but nicely shaded.  We lunched at Greolieres and pushed
 on to the col de Vence, a relatively easy climb with one of the best descents of the trip.  A very nice day ride.
Day two of the pre-rides took us up the same gorge but we climbed further to the very old village of Gourdon.  This had to be the quintessential hillside Provencal village.  It had views all the way to the Mediterranean.  

We had our first of many salad nicose lunches!

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