Stage 18: Firing down L’Alpe D’Huez to Athlete’s Village


Today was the 3rd and last day of our Live the Dream package.  After an early breakfast at the Hotel the riders among us flew down the 21 hairpins of Alpe DHuez.  We then rode on to Bourg D’Oisans to enjoy VIP access to the Start Village and riders enclosure. Graham Baxter took us to meet the Caisse D’Epargne team and had Luis Leon Sanchez and Alejandro Valverde sign my jersey. 

Alejandro Valverde Autographs My Jersey
Alejandro Valverde Autographs My Jersey

It was fun to be in the area, check out the bikes up close, and see how it all happens before a stage start.  The riders have to push their way through an incredible throng to get to the start…stopping to take pictures with fans all along the way. 

Myrna in the mix before the start
Myrna in the mix before the start