|Saint Etienne de Tinee - photo Helena Darvelid|
It was a fast furious descent with twisty corners and then major straight-aways. I finally latched onto a good group of 5 guys. I got cheers of “Go Canada” from a French master racer when I pulled through on the descent. We passed thru a section of canyon similar to the one near Radium Hot Springs though this one went on for many kms.
|riding towards Vance - the boys in white shorts!|
|arriving to Vance|
|Marg telling Dorina from Italy how awesome it was to see her ride! - photo Helena Darvelid|
|happy! - photo Helena Darvelid|
|bikes awaiting, with another amazing strong woman Andrea from Germany - photo Helena Darvelid|
|Marg with amazing photographer and World Class Sailor Helena!!|
|happy with real food at the Vance Market|
|Riding our slow pace to Nice|
|Gabi by the beach!|
|My 2nd time with my bike at the Mediterranean - 2011|
|My first time with my bike at the Mediterranean - 1987!|
|taking in the water & beach at Nice - photo Helena Darvelid|
Gabi was disappointed she came in 4th by 8 seconds over the 7 stages. She was getting stronger the last few stages. One of my prizes was a large package of a French brand of energy food products. I’m happy with Vega products from Canada. I asked Gabi if she’d accept the prize for coming in “3rd place and 8 seconds”! It was awesome to see her smile and we both laughed!
|walking towards the Ascenseur du Chateau (the tower in the distance)|
|Going up up up the many stairs, 90 metres elevation|
I eventually walked up towards the edge of town. The final aperitif party was to be at the top of Ascenseur du Chateau. There was an elevator though I was adamant to take the stairs on the side of the cliff. When I saw the sign that said the top was 90m up, I cried a little as I was tired and heat stricken. I trudged up sweating profusely.
|view from the top|
|In the main plaza at night|
|Gang from Zurich trying to make me feel taller!|
|Mary picking me up in a very snazzy sporty Audi|
|Mary and her orange beetle when she lived in Edmonton - 1988|
We went to the local farmer’s market, drove to France 20 km away to her partner’s renovated barn house for lunch. Dominique apologized for “France” for the race not feeding us well! He certainly whipped up a marvelous meal. It was fun to pick plums, apples, grapes and berries in the yard - a great relaxing day for me!
|tart grapes growing beside the dinner table|
|teeny tree though we picked tons of yummy plums from it|
|Nigel (now just as tall as me) making a stop for the best Pain au Chocolat|