I'm at the airport waiting for my flight to Paris, contemplating the journey ahead of me. I look forward to Saturday, and our bike ride to the bicycle inspection and PBP check-in. I am excited to ride through Versailles and past the historical chateau. Of course I am very excited about the start of the ride on Sunday evening. I have told myself I must start out casual, no need to overexert myself early on, just a nice steady pace.
That of course is easier said than done, especially difficult when 6,000 cyclists are around you and you are pumped with adrenaline.