Today was a day of 2 parts - flat and grey and then sunny and v hilly.
It was a very early start to catch a cramped bus to allow us to start in Castres at 7:30. The sky was leaden and the temperature downright cold, and the general mood in the peloton was a bit leaden too. The first 75 miles were flattish, but the wind was helping us today because we've turned south. I rode with the fast group for the first 60km, but then dropped back to save some energy. 4 of us then rode together to lunch, in the lovely village of Quillan, low, but set in a deep valley.
After the enormous hill, came a screaming descent to Aix Les thermes, before another big climb to the ski station at Ax 3 Domaines. At 700m of climbing, it felt relatively short, and allowed me backm in time to post this before supper - unlike some of the guys who are still out there.
More mountains and bucolic sweat tomorrow
Although the screen for my speedo is broken it can record my activities for posterity - if not current use. Strava link here