Joined the throng and road up the Ballon D'Alsace before the TDF stage today. OK, not Ventoux or any of the real monsters, but still a cat 1 climb. 50 minutes of serious ouch.
Unbelievable scene. Even at 10 in the morning the roadside was packed, so a massive buzz the whole way. Will try it again someday without the cries of "allez allez" and see if I do any better .. Meanwhile, need to do a bit more work!