The very talented Ben Phillips joined us once again from the evening of day 6 to our arrival in Monte Carlo to take some photos. Whizzing around in his Fiat 500 and bunking down with the team he captured the highs and the lows of life on the road. Some hightlights below and the link to the full gallery is here http://www.bphillips.co.uk/pages/2014/l2mc2/index.php
Here are some of the first official photos from the ride up on Financial News..enjoy
So here it is. The last video from the last day of the L2MC epic ride. Hope you enjoy it and the rest of the content we generated on the blog during the ride.
Don’t forget there is additional coverage on the Financial News blog “The Tally” which can be found on http://www.efinancialnews.com and further coverage in this week and last weeks Financial News print edition.
Ta ta for now
The Novice Cyclist
The epic challenge of Mont Ventoux on day 7 was by far the hardest day for the riders. The scene of so much history from Tommy Simpson who died 1km from the top to the more recent exploits of Armstrong and Froome it is a special place that challenges all who take it on.
On reflection many of the London to Monte Carlo riders picked it as their highlight although on the day it was more about survival. Joe and Stephen took the camera and took it head on…
It’s 6am on Monday 23rd of June. I didn’t sleep last night and as I sit here in the 9th different budget hotel in as many nights I am slightly torn. On one hand I am relieved that the immense challenge and physical exertion is over. This morning the ritual that has been the last 9 days of my life can be broken. I don’t need to eat 1,000 calories for breakfast, return to my room, chamois up, prep my bike, fill my water bottles and cycle 180km. Instead I will go down for a normal breakfast and either come back to my room for a snooze or head down to the pool. The key point is I have options and both are infinitely more appealing than piling more pain onto my aching body.
However I am also sad that it is all over. When you look around the room at your fellow cyclists at the beginning of a adventure like this you have no way of knowing exactly how it will all work out. What you do know is that it will work out and that you will need each other to get through it. This trip has been incredible. We have experienced massive highs and faced challenges as individuals and a group. There is nothing like the act of peddling up a huge hill for hours on end to really strip away ones defenses and leave you venerable and reliant on some camaraderie and support. In my opinion it is healthy to step well outside your comfort zone on occasion and cycling my 17 stone body 1,500kms from London to Monte Carlo certainly ticks that box.
Many thanks to the riders, the support crew on the road and back at Dow Jones HQ, the sponsors and our supporters who have enabled us to raise so much money for two excellent causes.
I am a little shy of my £2,000 goal and would appreciate and support you could give me
I have some great footage from day 7 onwards that I will be looking to post in the next day or two – once I have the luxury of my broadband internet connection rather than relying on iPhone personal hotspots.
See you next year?
Day 6 completed. We rode 187km from Lyon to Bollene, mainly along the banks of the river in 38 degrees temperatures. It was hot and tiring but with very little climbing it was billed as a transition day to get us ready for Mont Ventoux. We cycle the mythical mountain tomorrow – well actually later today as it’s 12:45am with breakfast at 6:30am.
The reason I’m up a little late is I wanted to give a taster of day 6 in the saddle. If you are considering it for next year do get in touch….
It was billed as the toughest day yet and as the thunder claps and the rain starts to fall over The Best Western Hotel just outside Lyon at 7pm (11 hours after we started) we certainly weren’t disappointed. The riders are arriving, picking up their luggage and heading for the showers. The delight of getting another day under the belt is well hidden behind very tired eyes.
The illnesses, knocks and bruises are mounting up but with such a physically demanding undertaking I guess these can be expected.
The day by the numbers
- 191 kilometers cycled (202 by some counts)
- 1,879 meters climbed
- 6 categorized climbs
- Our first col (Col des Echarmeaux) was 20km long with gradients of over 7%
Below is a video recorded 15mins ago at 7:30. No editing, no catchy music just a real snapshot of life on the ride.
Even in my second year of the London to Monte Carlo ride I still don’t trust the route guides. What on first glance would appear to be a gentle run in with a lovely down slope invariably becomes the mother of all climbs. Having said that tomorrow is meant to be one of the easiest of the 9 days as we descend the from Lyon towards Bollene.
Bollene is our staging ground for the assault on Mont Ventoux and a “rest” day is in the offing. How on earth a rest day can consist of cycling 184 kilometers I don’t know but that is what tomorrow has in store for us.