It’s hard to imagine the pain and suffering that the Tour de France riders must go through. I only walked about 300 metres (1,000 ft) up from the station to the first hairpin bend on the ascent out of Martigny and I was about to spontaneously combust. With temperatures around 34 degrees C (or 93 F) it was HOT. So I did what any self-respecting person would do in that situation and found the nearest bar to cool off… About an hour later ( 🙂 ) I could just about bear to come out and watch the ‘caravan’ go by.
For anyone unfamiliar with Le Tour, the race is preceded by a cavalcade of advertising floats, dispensing freebies, in the form of hats, sweets, key-rings and all sorts of goodies to the enthusiastic supporters by the side of the road. (How they have enough to cover the whole 180k+ route, I will never know). But it was a wonderful spectacle and great to see these phenomenal athletes in action.