Tour de France Diaries – Stage 8 to Ax 3

Stage 8 – Ax 3.

This is a stage us Bottle Boys dream about.  An 8 kilometer climb at the very end of the stage and near a town so you don’t have to park 15 miles away and bike the costume a long way to the base of the climb.

Here is how we carry these costumes by the way.

From all the reactions to this bag I've now learned how to say "is that your mother-in-law" in French, Spanish and Dutch.

It isn’t the most elegant solution, but it works.  I have no idea how we are going to get these up the last climb of the Tour, the Tourmalet.  Apparently they close the road down a week before hand, it is so crowded.  And it is a 22 kilometer climb.  So, we will have a long journey up it, that’s for sure.

Now that we are at the Pyrenees we are close to Spain.  We are also closed to something called Andorra.  Will somehow tell me what the hell Andorra is?  Isn’t it a city in Star Wars.  Anyways, it was cool to hear a lot of Spanish being spoken out on the course.  I actually know a little bit of Spanish – so it was nice to be able to communicate for a change instead of point at things and say ‘Merci’.

The Spaniards come out in full force for their cyclists.  The road was absolutely packed and it was quite a scene.  Check out these photos of an actual bar a group of Spainards had set up on one of the corners of the climb.  It had several working taps, loud music and of course a bunch of men dancing in women’s underwear.

The bar 3 kilometers up the climb. Unbelievable. And I took this the day BEFORE the stage.

I think "Fetard" is French for "cross dresser"

We made our way up to the top, getting cheered on by all the spectators because of the load we were carrying. I met some great Spanish guys who helped me transform into Bottle Boy and had a good run with the riders.  Lei did well as well, lets see if we get some TV time.

We’re on our way to the top of the last climb of tomorrow’s stage, the 20 kilometer Port de Bales.  Pray that we can find some room to park somewhere on the climb.  I don’t think I have two more 20 kilometer climbs in my legs.

Thanks for reading!

post-stage hydration

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