Obviously starting with a brutal climb. The scenery over this trip was stunning. We had seen amazing glaciers, areas which looked like the Rockies and part of this climb was like something out of Jurassic park.
When I said earlier that it was arguably the best trail of the trip, I had forgotten about this section. By now, we had been riding for 10 hours a day for 3 days in a row, so you really felt part of your bike which just meant you attacked everything without any doubt. A trip like this definitely puts you in the zone.
We stopped for a spot of lunch in Forclaz. The size of the lunch bill confirmed that we were now in Switzerland. We could see the back of Chamonix so were back on fairly familiar ground. As with all the climbs, this one again was pretty exhausting but as we looked towards the direction of Chamonix, we were all pretty excited. One because we had almost completed this amazing adventure, and two because we still had one of the best descents in our area left to do. It's one we had all done before and all loved.
We set off just as we felt the first spots of rain. This certainly made us concentrate on the way down. We had been so lucky not to have had any injuries and the only mechanical was the one puncture. We were pretty determined not to mess it up at this stage. We reached the bottom of Le Tour and pedalled into Chamonix town. By now we were absolutely soaked through. We made our way to ........ a bar, where we changed out of our wets and settled down for a few beers and some chips, and then the van back to Morzine. I certainly will not be forgetting this one in a hurry.