Day 3 Cycling our way up hills and through the pain
Day 3 involved a lot of cycling. It started off with Erwan and Morgan who shot through the pack and did a magnificent performance! It was like being on the tour the France! Yannick and JB took over for the transplanted race with Stéphane who has had a lung transplant. The race took us through the beautiful burgundy wines which we could unfortunately only admire from afar much to Frank's despair! Jean Baptiste ran a very long 30km run which amazing support and team spirit helped him get through!
Then it was on to Niels and Nigel for a bike and run duathlon. We were soon to experience the saying "never judge someone by their looks"! Indeed Niels with his really long legs, running shoes, undersized bike (it's Pierre Derome's bike if you want to visualize the siée difference!!) and most generally the worst cycling look on the departure line, would have made Armstrong look like a beginner - and he wasn't even on drugs! Niels was pretty proud to leave his competitors on the Spot!! Luckily he managed not to injure his chin with his knees whilst pedaling as he was to take part in the night shift later on.
But before that, it was on to Laure, Maxime, Antoine and Erwan for a 30km sprint relay involving a relay car with all the runners in it and a following car for security. The idea is that the first runner goes for 100m or so before he passes the relay on to runner #2 who is already waiting for him and then #2 runs 100m before giving to #3, same for runners #3 to #4 before #4 gives back to #1! Did you follow? Well, now try and understand how that works when you know that all the runners hop in and out of the same car!! How the motor of this van survived remains a mystery!!
And so it was on to group C, Yannick, Jean Baptiste, Nigel and Niels to start their night shift. A casual 17,8k constant uphill for Yannick, a 15k reduced to 7k for Jean Baptiste to catch up on schedule, a 14k for Nigel with a real b*****d of a slope at the end and a 12.5k for Niels with something that could be qualified as a f****r of a slope to finish!
A nuit blanche to remember!! Day 4 will start off with the oldies race (I'll let you guess who's that in the Scality team) before we all meet up for singing and dancing for the Course du Cœur (that sounds pretty professional to what is actually is though!).
Thanks to Roxanne and Yannick for providing us with this entertaining account of the third day !
Thanks to Frank for shooting the pictures
Thanks to the team to captivate us day after day…