As we biked to Versailles, we noticed that we were on part of the path of stage 21 of the Tour de France 2013 (the last day of the race). About 3 km of this path on Pavé des Gardes was pretty tough for us, at about 4.3% average grade, if the elevation measurements from my Garmin are to be trusted. Guillaume told us he hopes to be able to do the Alpe d'Huez in a bit over one hour. Seeing how hard doing just 4% over 3 km was for us today, I think I'd consider it a personal accomplishment to just be able to finish the Alpe d'Huez without having to get off and walk my bike :)
On the way home, we saw a group of American (I assume, from the accent) bike tourists, with loads of gear on their bikes. I wanted to ask them where they were from and where they were touring, but I didn't seize the moment :)
This is the route we took today. You can see the details of this route and the return route, uploaded from my GPS.
|Path from Paris to Versailles|
|Signs along the road warning about the roads being blocked off for the Tour de France|
|The start of the main hill on Pavé des Gardes in Chaville, on the return trip.|
|Elevation profile for the trip to Versailles. The selected data point is the highest point on the trip.|