Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chris in France

L'Argentiere la Bessee (our home for the next week)
After a successful race in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China it was off to France with the rest of the Seagate team (Nathan, Trevor and Sophie) to prepare for the Adventure race world champs.

Having finally got a new camera, after destroying the previous one swimming in TWALK, I thought I had better post some pretty pictures and a quick update of my adventure racing mission.

After arriving in Nice, we hired a car and drove to L'Argentiere la Bessee, where we are now staying for a few more days until the start of the race. Along the way we managed to find a couple of spectacular passes, exciting all of us to come back sometime to do some cycling here. With around 2000m vertical accent and smooth asphalt it is road bike paradise.
Caserne de Restefond (near Col de la Bonette 2715m)
Col de Vars
We also managed to find some delicious baguettes and cheese, although it seems like I am the only one who is really excited by the smelly sock cheeses :)

The following day I went for a short run up the hill behind where we are staying. There are heaps of cool trails for MTBing and running, so lots of places to explore. Unfortunately I have developed a 'man cold' so was not eager for a big mission like I was hoping.

Ridgeline above L'Argentiere la Bessee
The next day I went for a short bike, but otherwise mucked around trying to get rid of my cold.
Feeling slightly better yesterday, although still with a sore throat, I went for a fun day mission with the others up into the mountains across the other side of the valley.

It was a beautiful day, hot and sunny, so we got some good views of the surrounding area and had a refreshing swim in Lac de l'Ascension about halfway round our walk.
Nathan excited by the taste of an Awaken bar

Lac de l'Ascension

Col de la Moutiere

Looking back down to L'Argentiere
Today is another hot sunny day, so I might head out soon for a short bike ride, but otherwise still taking it easy to fully get ride of my cold. We then have one more free day before the pre race stuff begins on Tuesday with a gear check and some other organising stuff.