The weather is just about to change to signal the end of the cycling season and the start of the New Year.
It’s been an unbelievable Nov/Dec for being outdoors in shorts, riding quiet roads and enjoying the Pyrenees. I’ve had my best year on the bike yet (10,504 kms – 154,950 m of climbing) and it’s time to take it easy and let the body rest.
The Pyrenees still impresses me with their hidden routes and I continue to discover new terrain that keeps the motivation level high.
Trans-Dolomites, What a Week…
I’ve just arrived back from a fantastic week of cycling in the Dolomites with Thomson Bike Tours (http://www.thomsonbiketours.com/trips/Dolomites-01/index.html).
Very impressed with the riding, the scenery and of course the food… the Italians (like the French) sure know how to eat, especially after a big day on the bike.
This past weekend we were fortunate to have a World Cup Mountain Bike Downhill event located just around the corner from Chez Passet.
The weather was perfect, the course in my opinion was outrageous and the best part was the atmosphere… the French know how to have fun!
I was very fortunate to spend the last 4 days as a ‘Stagaire’ with Thomson Bike Tours (http://www.thomsonbiketours.com/trips/Gran-Canaria-01/index.html) at their Winter Training Camp on the Island of Gran Canaria.
Now, I have cycled a few ‘Cols” and up a few mountains but I have never cycled up roads like these… +20% grades (24% was the highest that was registered on my Garmin) for sections of 2 kms, winding their way up and up until you finally reach the top – views were spectacular!
Well, it’s here… winter has arrived at our B&B in the Pyrenees.
The storm started 2 days ago, dumping over 2metres of snow on the Tourmalet, closing all access roads to the ski hills, forcing villages to evacuate and cutting off power to hundred of people - http://www.lourdes-infos.com/65100lourdes/spip.php?article11033
CycloSportives Around Chez Passet
Winter has arrived in the high Pyrenees, we’ve had some strong weather systems roll through covering the higher mountains, leaving the lower ones still accessible.
So, I thought what a good day to ride the Hautacam… and I was right!
It’s not often that I’m able to climb such an iconic mountain with snow on the hill in December.
This was as good as it gets... not a single car for 13 kms!
Pretty spectacular for mid-November.
The Pyrenees in their fall beauty - I had a good time!
Luz Ardiden in November… What a ride.