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  • Day19

    Wow what a day and the kind of day I could only dream of when planning this trip. Some of the most incredible scenery I've ever seen let alone riden alongside and all under perfectly blue sky.

    The day started with a steep ascent out of Argeles-Gazost on the way to the first and biggest climb of the day at 1,474 metres to Cor du Soulor and used regularly in the Tour de France. After the initial steep climb it was a steady ascent until the last 6 miles where it hit an average of 8.5% with parts upto 12%. You know it's steep when you go to change gear but you're already in the granny gear. My big worry for the day was my knee but the rest, stretching and icing for the last week has seemed to pay off and despite feeling it very slightly is didn't cause any major problems.

    After arriving at the top of Col du Soulor it was time to head over the top and onto the Cirque du Lit a pass along a steep rockface. As you will see not your average ride with a sheer drop off one side and steep rockface above. The plan was to ride onto Col d'Aubisque but the road was impassable half way due to rocks brought down by the melting snow and snow that had not yet melted so it was time to turn back but an incredible couple of miles.

    After arriving back at the top of Col du Soulor it was time to ride back down the last steep 6 miles and despite taking nearly an hour ride up I was down in just a few minutes. It was then time to head up Col des Borderes and onto Lake d'Estaing for some more postcard scenery. After a days climbing the 12 miles back to town were all down hill and wow what a ride.

    In summary - 43 miles riden, over 5,000 feet of climbing and the same descending, over 3,000 calories burnt, a top speed of 48.5mph (to the 4 women in my life it was really only 18mph!) and 1 banana and Nutella and 2 x ham and cheese baguettes oh and one cracking photo at the top of Col du Soulor of me taken by the only other cyclist at the top!

    I'm afraid after today I will definitely one of those lycra clad 40, 50 and hopefully 60 years old. Who's up for joining me? I'm looking at you Purv, Moz, Mikey, Francis!
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  • Day18

    After yesterdays emotional day today was a bit of a rest and relax day. A short easy 11 mile ride along the valley to Argeles-Gazost where I will be basing myself for a couple of days to tackle a few of the climbs in the Pyrenees made famous by Le Tour.

    A quick stop off at Pic du Jer a cable car that takes you 1000 meters up and gives a great view into the Pyrenees and some of the climbs to come.

    Staying at Au Primerose Guesthouse tonight a place very much set up for the cyclist with its own cyclist package and everything you'd ever need in their bike garage.

    After a fascinating dinner chatting to a veteran French cyclist in broken English and the owner bringing me an extra bowl of pasta after I told him where I was planning on riding tomorrow it was time for an early night fully carbed up.
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  • Day17

    Time to leave the coast behind and head in land and to the Pyrenees. Following the advice of a fellow cyclist the day started with a nice 10 mile ride along the coast to Bayonne where I caught the train to Pau. Nice place Pau and ex host of the French GP on its Street circuit and still host to Formula 3 which they were setting up for in a couple of weeks so second race track I've now riden round.

    After leaving Pau it was 26 miles of a steady incline to Lourdes at the foothills of the Pyrenees. As the Pyrenees started to come into view it reminded me a lot, for people who have done it, of when after about 40 miles cycling from London to Brighton Ditchling Beacon appears on the horizon and you think sh@t I've got to climb that.

    Arriving into Lourdes a place if I am honest I knew little about apart from it was an important place for Catholic pilgrimage but with 6 million visitors a year this place is popular! A bizarre place which apart from the church and old fort is very tacky with every shop being nic nac stores selling Virgin Marys. However the evening service which is attended by several hundred people all carrying candels is something to be witnessed and very moving.

    After saying a few words for a friend of the family my own thoughts couldn't help but turn to my very good friend Brian who was Catholic and my dad who are both sadly not with us. Brian and my dad were both huge Leicester fans so being where I was and the thoughts that were going through my head it couldn't have been more apt that due to Spurs drawing Leicester completed the miracle and won the Premier League. I know two people who will be having a party tonight!
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  • Day20

    I wasn't sure what to do today but after waking up and opening the shutters to another perfectly blue sky it had to be another day riding in the Pyrenees.

    Fully fuelled after breakfast I decided to head up the Route de Luz that cuts through a deep gorge steadily climbing as you follow the river full of rapids. More stunning scenery on both sides opens up once you reach the small town of Luz-Saint-Sauveur where two valleys meet. From here you can continue to the famous Col du Tourmalet but with the climb still closed due to the snow I will have to come back for this one!

    After a cycle round and a long lunch I descended back down the gorge to base and despite a more relaxed day than yesterday it would be rude not to spend an hour in Argeles-Gazost thermal spa! No board shorts allowed though so a pair of speedos purchased from the front desk it was. Not much left to the imagination in them things!

    Can't wait to come back on the carbon and really take on these mountains. Pyrenees I will see you soon. Bring on the Alps!
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  • Day54

    J15.3 Le chemin des voyageurs...

    July 12, 2016 in France

    Aaaaaah la montagne!!!! Et bien il faut bien passer par la montagne! Petit aperçu de la traversé des Pyrénées... Ca ne va pas être du gâteau!!!!!
    Aujourd'hui c'était la montagne sous la pluie, nous aVons emprunté un chemin pour VTT qui était dur mais très beau. L'eau de la pluie se transformait en cascade le long des parroies rocheuses. Xavier a décidé de se sur-équipé 2km avant l'arrivée... Mais juste avant de reprendre la route on a intercepté un bus et négocié pour qu'il nous prenne! 😜

    Aaaaaaah mountains!!!! Well we have to pass by moutains! Little preview to cross the pyrenean montains... It is not going to be a piece of cake!!!!
    Today it was mountains under the rain, we took the mountain bike way which was hard but beautiful. The rain water formed waterfalls on the rock walls of the moutains. Xavier decided to wear his super equipment 2 km before the arrival... But just before getting back on the road we stopped a bus and convinced him to let us get in and drop us at our destination! 😜
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  • Day57

    La descente de Cauterets le matin était géniale!
    Pas trop de circulation... Nous l'avons montée en 1:30 quelques jours plus tôt et nous l'avons descendue en 15 min!!!
    Ensuite sur la route du col de Soulor, nous avons voulu prendre un racourci, qui était ni plus ni moins qu'une piste VTT dans les bois alors ça nous a pris plus de temps qu'autre chose mais ça nous a amusé même si on était content d'en sortir à la fin!!🙄
    Avant d'arriver au col, nous avons rencontré Jean Claude, a qui nous avons acheté du miel! Drôle de personnage qui encourage les cyclistes qui montent, crie sur les cyclistes qui descendent pour qu'ils aillent moins vite et se tape un fou rire interminable quand on lui parle des cochons Corses!! 😂😂
    Pour finir, arrivés au sommet nous avons fait notre break lunch et sieste avec vaches et moutons qui nous rendaient visite... 🐮🐏
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  • Day55

    Jour 16 Rando dans les pyrénées

    July 13, 2016 in France

    Le Viscos 2'100 m

    Day 16 little treck in the Pyrenean moutains

  • Day57

    Jour 18.1 En route pour l'Espagne!

    July 15, 2016 in France

    Nous voilà en route pour l'Espagne! Au départ de Cauterets à 8:00 du matin, nous comptons arriver à Laruns pour la 1ere etape.
    Il nous faut passer 2 cols:
    Du Soulor 1474m
    D'Aubisque 1709m

    Puis pour la 2éme étape le col de Pourtalet 1794m

    Here we are on the road to Spain! Starting from Cautereys at 8am, we have plan to stop around Laruns for the night.
    We have to pass 2 mountains the 1st day:
    The Soulor 1474m
    Aubisque 1709m

    Then the 2nd day we have to pass the Pourtalet 1794m
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  • Day56

    Jour 17.1 Petite rando & Pic Nic

    July 14, 2016 in France

    Enfin, nous avons vu le fameux Pont de l'Espagne dont tout le monde nous a temps parlé!
    C'est vrai que l'endroit est magnifique!
    Je pense que nous allons revenir dans les Pyrénées à notre retour pour prendre le temps de visiter un peu plus ses montagnes!!!
    Merci à Thierry et sa famille de nous avoir permis de découvrir leur village de coeur! 🏔

    Finaly, we have visited the famous Bridge of Spain every one talked about!
    It is true that it is a beautiful spot!
    I think we might come back in the Pyrenean to take the time to visit more further its mountains!!!
    Thanks to Thierry and his family to allowed us to discover their beloved village! 🏔
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  • Day69


    September 10, 2017 in France

    Where - The Pyrennes National Park
    Weather - overcast

    We spent a couple of days travelling through the Pyrennes - some narrow, winding roads as we travel up into the snow line, through mountain passes. It was all quite exciting really.

    We really didn't go anywhere in particular, just visited some of the little villages nestled high in the mountains. We stayed in one of these villages overnight where the church bells rang every hour (fortunately they stopped at about 9pm - starting again at 7am). You begin to wonder what the people do in these little villages?

    One mountain pass rose to around 2400m and near the top there was a man shouting instructions to his dog who was busy rounding up sheep. Look closely at one of the snow pictures. There were also crazy people riding pushbikes up. Indeed, this is one of the notorious mountain passes that frequently is used in the Tour de France. Not my idea of fun.

    After the Pyrennes our intention was to travel along the French Riviera (Monaco, Nice etc.) and then into Italy to Florence, Venice etc., however the thought of negotiating our way through city traffic is just too stressful that we have changed our minds and are now going to go through Switzerland. Besides, we figured the Italian cities and French Riviera could be picked up on a cruise ( now that sounds like a good excuse to go on another cruise, doesn't it)
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Département des Hautes-Pyrénées, Departement des Hautes-Pyrenees, Hautes-Pyrénées, Altos Pirineos, Alti Pirenei, Altos Pirineus

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