The drive to the race starts are long, but scenic at the Tour of Ardèche.
Denise Kelly, the Canadian National Team director and Michel L'Hoest, our super-soigneur drive smoothly though and we always arrive on time and in one piece.
I raced Ardèche in 2009 and met Guy Astier who picked up my team (Team Québec) from the train station in Lyon to drive us to the race accomodations. Guy remembered us and kept the vest we gave him. Guy even brought us nougat (a specialty from Montelimar) and crême de marrons de l'Ardèche, another local treat. Thanks Guy!
The beauty of the region, the hospitality of the people, and the excellent organization of the race was well apprecaited. I'm proud that Leah won the Best Young Rider jersey, that Joëlle won the finish points jersey, and had 3 podium finishes, including a stage victory. What a super race, I hope to be back again soon.
The podium truck at the finish of one of the stages