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Day 4    2nd Sept

Palavas-Les-Flots /Carpentras

This may on paper have been one of the easiest days of the tour - and indeed good progress was made on the first part of the day. With approximately 30km to go however the Team found themselves riding into a strong headwind which hampered their journey.

Distance: 154.6km Climb: 966m

mhealth Grand Tour 2014

30th August to 15th September. Barcelona to Vienna. 2300km ride, 33000m of climb.

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This was possibly the most cultural day of the tour so far, with stunning architecture to enjoy along the route.

The first leg of the journey took the riders through the Camargue. Beyond that a lunch stop in Arles - famous for it’s connection with Vincent Van Gogh who spent a very productive year of painting here. On towards the Medieval walled city of Avignon for some photo opportunities.

  Avignon old town

  Palais des papes Avignon

  Towards Mont Ventoux

  Fredrik - Chateaux des Beaux

Beyond Avignon, and with home in their sights, the riders were dismayed to find themselves riding into a strong headwind that sapped their energy on already weary legs. A leg of the journey that should have taken only an hour or so stretched out for another two and a half. Undaunted they pushed on through and arrived in Carpentras in good spirits ready for a cool down in the hotel pool.

  Welcome plunge in pool Carpentras

  Iron Monkey with his new toothbrush

  Train towards Carpentras

  Point St Benez Avignon

With tomorrow being the toughest day of  Stage 1 and with it  including the mighty Mont Ventoux, we thought it might be nice to post up a few snaps of the riders who have been along on the journey so far. For some, tomorrow will be their last day - for others after a day of rest their tour will continue on towards Vienna.

Cycling 150km in one day would be for most of us a huge challenge. Cycling this distance (and more) on successive days becomes increasingly challenging - particularly if you are a ‘hobby’ cyclist, and aren’t used to tour events. Throw diabetes into the mix and it adds another layer of complication entirely. It is incredibly demanding for all - not only physically, but mentally. This is where the power of the ‘team spirit’ comes into play however - having a supportive team around you, sharing and offering support and advice wills you on even when you feel like giving up.

Anyone who signs up for this tour (regardless of whether or not they have diabetes) deserves enormous respect, so below here are a few of the TeamBG heroes that we can all be proud of.

Nick Schiettecatte

Paul Morris

Shirley Parker

Suzy Murphy

Paul Buchanan

Fredrik Isaksson

Andy, Rob and Sacha

Miranda Phillips

Shahzad Ahmed

Ali Alshehri

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