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the original (4th frm left, top row)

Huge Silver Cyclist in front of the Laurent Fignon Centre with the Hautes Pyrenees in the background

We stopped at the Laurent Fignon Centre outside Bagnes di Bigorre as part of a tour of this Mecca for cyclists. "Would you like me to take you on a circuit?" said a fit and gorgeous man. Of course I said yes, deciding not to say that I was just 4 months out of chemo. Our ride began over rolling hills with a long, slow ascent. The clean, bright air smelt of rich earth, woodlands and sage.

We passed the place where Eugene Christophe, the first rider to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour De France, fixed his broken bicycle fork and the public spring where old-style riders topped up on water before the ascent to Tourmalet. It was incredibly difficult. I had not ridden up mountains since well before the cancer. My heart hadn’t pumped blood like that for over a year, and there were times I thought that my legs would just stop. But as the ride got harder so did my determination not to let my new friend down. During one of many stops (I pretended it was to drink but actually needed the rest) I realized we were doing part of one of the legendary Tour de France Etapes! After that pain didn’t matter. Nor did the thirst that came more from post-chemo sweats. It wasn’t till I felt the change of altitude at the back of my head that I realised with wonder how high we had climbed. The view was stunning; the lowlands’ rich greens contrasting wonderfully with purple-grey mountains dusted with bright white snow.

What a journey! What a buzz! And oh what physical pain! I knew then, in my heart mind and legs that the bad times were over and that recovery from chemo would be another exciting journey.

Unfortunately the prize had to be taken next week and I just don't have the bandwidth for it .... so can't go on to the next stage and try for the prize I wanted

crickson says:

Interesting angle... : )

20th Aug 2010, 20:17

bethmadethis says:

Sounds like you had some good revelations.. sounds perfectly up your street :) Did you call me t'other day ?

20th Aug 2010, 21:35

taniwha says:

Nice stuff. You did well.

21st Aug 2010, 07:19

Dhamaka says:

Crickson it was enormous
thanks guys
actually that end bit was something I had been conscious of since before the chemo started but I'm pretty sure the link with 'journey' was what won me the competition. The rest is true though - I'd like to go back and do a full etape when I can..
Yes I did Beth, when I was trying to decide whether or not to take the prize I wondered if you fancied coming along as my 'victim'. Just as well I didn't get hold of you really...

21st Aug 2010, 10:32

bethmadethis says:

ah that sounds like fun - I'm teaching again now though. nice you thought of me :)

21st Aug 2010, 11:34

Dhamaka says:


21st Aug 2010, 18:40

itchymoblog says:

Fab photo, and what a great story :) I'm so pleased you were able to do this.

22nd Aug 2010, 11:29

midlife says:

That's a wonderful and inspiring story of your day and time of life.... :)

22nd Aug 2010, 13:31

Dhamaka says:

Thank you!
And a HL . . Somebody loves me :-) . . Will count them and tag when back at my desk

22nd Aug 2010, 15:13