Last Sunday, I participated in another cyclosportif. We set off at 7.15am and I finished just over 8 hours later. The race was held in the Bourg D'Oisan area of the alps, about 70km east of Grenoble.
The route was one of France's best. The climbs were long and the descents were fast, and sometimes treacherous. The high temperatures took a toll; I saw ~10 guys pull out on the last climb. They were either throwing up, walking, or just sitting on the side of the road, unable to go any further.
Here is footage from the event.