Tour du Vaucluse Historique 2016
Demanding routes in stunning scenery, where sharing and friendliness are the keywords, this is how we can present the events organized by Luc Royer, the man behind Chilkoot. After we made our first 200K in April for the first edition of Confluences (read the story on our website) we decided to end this great 2016 season at the Tour du Vaucluse Historique, in Provence.
After a night spent on the tiles of the cloakroom of the local rugby team - because of a fake Airbnb - we met the 60’s participants in the early morning at Joseph Lombard Velodrome in Cavaillon. Despite the clear skies, there is a biting cold and it is hard to wake our bodies up. Fortunately, Luc is here to take care of us with some coffee and croissants. We used the breakfast time to say hello to the familiar faces we met on the different events of the year : Confluences, Concours de Machines, Prestige Massif Central… The long bike day that waiting for us will enables us to make new nice meetings. It is part of Chilkoot’s spirit and it is one of the reasons why we come.
We observe the beautiful bespoke steel bikes at the starts, about 20% of the participants ! Among the ones made by our fellow French builders, there are three from the Victoire workshop : Patrice and his Bellevue randonneuse are here for their second 200K of the month. Thierry Saint-Léger, Chilkoot’s ambassador, is also here with his Victoire Virage. Both ride a lot of kilometers per year : Patrice has done 10 000 km since March and Thierry achieved his aim of 100 000 km in five years with a fixed gear last October. They met each other on the last Paris-Brest-Paris and they compare the patina of the leather of their Gilles Berthoud Galibier saddle before the start. We complete the trio with our winning light randonneuse of the Concours de Machines, the perfect tool for this kind of adventure.
After a lap on the velodrome, the peloton left Cavaillon around 8:00am : 234km and 3300m of elevation wait for us. We'll have to validate eight checkpoints in the different villages we will cross, in the spirit of brevets. It will be a long day and for sure the Supernova lights will be appreciated when the night will fall.
Instead of a long story, you can relive this great bike days through the photos we took. A big thank to Luc for the organization and to all the people we met on the roads of Provence on this Saturday 12th of November. Rendez-vous in 2017 on Chilkoot events !
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