This is from my trip with Kevin (my son, not the pilot I often ride with) to last year’s Tour de France. We’re about 700 meters from the top of the Galibier, an hour and a half before the race comes through. Catch his expression at the very end. There are so many reasons there really is nothing quite like the ‘Tour.
Oh, and if you think it’s nice & cozy hanging out with a few thousand of your closest friends on a desolate mountaintop in France, think again-