To start calmly, we leave this second day via a gentle descent towards Corniment and Le Thilliot and ride from there all the way to Servance. Shortly after, we start the first tough climb of the day, the one to Belfahy. This climb of almost 3.5 km curves nicely upwards with an average percentage of 10%, with a few slabs above 15 % along the way. In the end, it was a bit harder than we expected, especially with a 40-36 gear on my Specialized cross bike. But once we reached the top in Belfahy, we cycled nice and warm.

Still enjoying the beautiful scenery in and around the mountain village, we plunged into the descent again and actually ran into Thibaut Pinot. Due to our high speed downhill, Thibaut passed us before we knew it, so unfortunately we missed our chance to catch him! Maybe it was just as well because Mr Pinot was just approaching his anaerobic threshold, as we saw later on Strava. We continue to descend until we reach a small nameless village in the valley. We turn right around the Planch des Belles Filles, we'll save this for later in the week, and ride via Giromagny to Le Ballon d'Alsace. The sloping road over the ridge makes the d'Alsace one of my favourite summits to cycle over.

We take the descent to Saint-Maurice-sur-Moselle, ride from there to Bussang to tackle our last climb of the day which brings us to the top of Col d'Oderen. From there, we descend towards Ventron again and ride at a good pace through the valley back to La Bresse.

The next two days, Frank and I each have our own specific training, which does not fit in with each other, but can be partially combined. Thus, we leave together both days and on the way, when my intervals start, Frank drives on to do his own training. Later in the day, we meet again at a café for a necessary coffee break and drive back to our luxurious log cabin together.

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