Degree of Difficulty Legend: In honour of Dr. Gordon Milne, an old friend of the Jordan family who has some interesting and creative theories about the treatment of cyclist's ailments, we have devised our banana scale to rate degree of difficulty for our rides, based on terrain, prevailing weather conditions -- rain, wind, heat, etc -- when we undertake them, as well as other more personal considerations.
The scale goes from -- easy, relatively flat, no (or very little) pain
to -- horrendous, legs-turned-to-jelly, lung-scorching climbs, or endless rides that induce extreme pain or discomfort in other parts. Incidentally, after the banana was scanned in, Guy ate it.
|Wed June 11th||Topsham-Poole||80 miles/128 km|
"Testing first day across the south coast of England"
|Thur June 12th||Poole-Cherbourg (ferry) Cherbourg-Bayeux||56 miles/95 km|
"Across the Channel, then a half day's ride down the Cherbourg Peninsula"
|Fri June 13th||Bayeux-Caen-Livarot-St Evroult Notre Dame du Bois (note: Fri the 13th)||81 miles/130 km|
"The rolling, green hills of Normandy, source of some of France's greatest cheeses"
|Sat June 14th||St Evroult Notre Dame du Bois-Chartres-Santilly||87 miles/140 km|
"Time to visit Chartres' magnificent cathedral? We doubt it."
|Sun June 15th||Santilly-Orleans-Cosne sur Loire||90 miles/145 km|
"Along the middle reaches of the Loire River, longest in France."
|Mon June 16th||Cosne sur Loire-Pouilly sur Loire||20 miles/32 km|
"Time for an easy half day's ride to one of the great wine towns of France, Sancerre."
|Tue June 17th||Pouilly sur Loire-Nevers-Decize-Digoin||90 miles/145 km|
"Crossing the broad Massif Central."
|Wed June 18th||Digoin-Charolles-Macon-Chatillon-Villars les Dombes||81 miles/130 km|
"Into, then too quickly out of Burgundy, as we head towards the mountains."
|Thu June 19th||Villars les Dombes-Aix les Bains-Chambery-St Pierre d'Albigny||88 miles/140 km|
"A very tough, long ride through beautiful pre-alpine country, the mountains beckoning before us."
|Fri June 20th||St Pierre d'Albigny-Lanslevillard||70 miles/110 km|
"To the foot of Mont Cenis in preparation for the assault on the Alps."
|Sat June 21st||Rest Day|
"Rest and mental preparations for the big climb ahead of us."
|Sun June 22nd||Lanslevillard-Bussoleno-Avigliana||50 miles/80 km|
"To the top of the world, then down, down, down: into Italy!"
|Mon June 23rd||Avigliana-Alba||47 miles/75 km|
"To visit our friend winemaker Mario Fontana"
|Tue June 24th||Day in Alba||10 miles/16 km|
"Alba, capital of the Barolo, one of the great wine regions of the world"
|Wed June 25th||Alba-Asti-Piacenza||100 miles/160 km|
"A long and probably baking hot day in the saddle."
|Thur June 26th||Piacenza-Cremona-Mantova-Isola della Scala||88 miles/140 km|
"Across the Po Valley to the rice paddies south of Verona, source of the exceptional Venetian Vialone Nano rice."
|Fri June 27th||Isola della Scala-Montegrotto Terme||65 miles/105 km|
"To visit Marc's mother Lori's -- and our -- dear friend Elda in Padova"
|Sat June 28th||Montegrotto Terme-Venice||37.5 miles/60 km|
"Reunite with our family and friends who are coming out to meet us and perhaps a glass or two of Prosecco at Florians to celebrate our arrival in Piazza San Marco."
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