Today was the “Official opening of the Tourmalet” where the statue is driven up the mountain on the back of a truck, having spent the winter months down the valley.
It’s a huge “party atmosphere”, with more than a 1,000 cyclists of various levels partaking in this fun event. A live band escorts the statue up with the local villagers on the side of the road yelling encouragement (I think it was) – I did notice quite a few wine bottles as I rode past…
It was a great day and very well organized by the local government – lot’s of wine, cheese and local delicacies awaited riders at the top and the best part was coming down!!
Montée du Géant – The Tourmalet Is Officially Open!