Well the ride options in this region are just endless. While the Tour de France has moved on we are still enjoying the delights of riding in the Pyrenees. A most welcome recharge and recovery to St.Beat, after our action packed opening, really hit the spot. Its allowed us to hit the slopes again. It has been a great couple of days again.
Our next day was a Croydon Cycleworks classic – but with a twist!
This is a loop we have tended to do in the opposite direction but this time we thought we would change things up. We headed out of Luchon to tackle three mountains today. The Col des Ares, Col de Portet d’Aspet and the Col de Mente. The Col de Mente is a Tour regular, having feature some 18 times in the race route and at nearly 11kms long it is a tester.Col des Ares while not the biggest climb is one that has featured in the Tour de France more than 25 times since 1910. A real focus climb today was the Col de Portet d’Aspet. This climb has been a part of the tour route 32 times since its first appearance in 1910.
Again not the hardest of climbs, however its descent is steeped in history. It is the site of a Tour crash, that lead to a change in an important aspect of professional cycling. On the climb is a memorial to the 1992 Olympic road race champion, Fabio Casartelli, who crashed and ultimately died from head injuries sustained in the crash. This crash and several others after resulted in helmets becoming mandatory in the professional peloton. Makes us remember why we wear our helmets.
The next day we headed out on one of the most picturesque rides in the Pyrenees. We headed off from Argeles Gazost on a route that took us over the Col du Soulor, before we headed on in search of the summit of the Col d’Aubisque. The Col du Soulor is a testing climb, hitting some 8% gradients. A magnificent ride on the Col d’Aubisque. Its a meandering climb, high on a mountainside, with amazing views of the mountain peaks and valleys. Travelling through small tunnels carved through the mountainside, being cheered on by grazing cattle, this is one of the most memorable rides ever.
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