Saturday, August 26, 2023

C2C Pyrenees Ride day 4. Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin, Col de Peyresourde Cycling

Our hardest day in the Pyrenees with three big cols. Started in the rain but in cleared on the long climb up Col du Tourmalet - a spectacular climb followed by a very fast descent into cold clouds,

Stopped for food and coffee the continued on the Cold d'Aspin, an easier gradient climb through forest but vey sustained, followed by another cracking descent to the pictureque town of Arreau for lunch.

A nice ride up the river valley then onto the final climb up Col de Peyresourde with not much left in the tank.

Lovely crepe at  the top then a cool fast descent in cloud to Luchon.

There was a big flower festival in the town with brass bands and drumming in the street and a festive mood.  Tartiflette for dinner was superb.

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