Woke up in France to the news this morning - very disappointed but realise it's a personal thing and sections of the population have spoken. Might move to Scotland! Only a few miles up the road!
In other news:
Day 5 of Raid Pyrenees done! Fin! Coast to coast of France across the most beautiful mountains and valleys.
80 miles of fast riding today starting with an incredible descent with sweeping bends then a hard push through the heat to the coast. The last two days have given me a real appreciation of the art of descending - weight back and through the feet, ar5e 2mm off the seat, hands loose and relaxed and tilt into the bends - incredible sense of speed and control. Highly addictive.
Amazing to get to the med and have a beer!
Epic week - utterly brilliant
Dived into the sea and have been on the beer all afternoon after being on the redline every day this week - brill.
Day 4: hot again! Over 100degrees for most of the 90miles, and 90 at altitude - feeling utterly battered. Highlight was the Col de Pailheres at 2001m and then an incredible descent with dozens of hairpins down the mountain. Have finally got the nack of descending properly after a couple of tips from an ex pro - love it.
Another 11000ft nailed. Downhill to the finish!
Glad I've still got some cash in euros after seeing the news this morning - makes me feel rich
Day 3 - despite 4 hrs sleep and feeling broken first thing I seemed to get stronger as the day progressed today. Temperatures climbed steadily and hit 90deg by the summit of the second climb (Col de Peyresourdes) then a sweltering 105deg down in the valleys. 5th climb was a toughie (Col de Portet d'Aspet) in the heat and relentless inclines but a lovely cow drinking trough at the top which I had a lie down in. Time trial effort for the last 20miles to finish with an average for that section at 24mph
85miles and 8500ft of climbing done and the latest hotel has a pool! Just done a few leisurely lengths and having a beer in the sun. This is more like it!!
Cloud forecast for tomorrow!
Quick post before crashing out:
Day 2 of the Raid Pyrenees: Tough day in the saddle with climbs of Col de Marie Blanque, Col D'Aubisque, Soleur and finally the big boy, Col de Tourmalet. 33degrees, 90 miles and 5000m of climbing, had to fight a wild horse (he wasn't as friendly as he looked and needed some serious wrestling) and then puked (a LOT) at the top of Tourmalet. Huzzah! Still had a 15 mile descent to the hotel and was shivering so much I was visibly shaking on the bike. Got a few funny looks as I shuddered down the mountain.
Hotter tomorrow apparently - I might have to rethink my heat management strategy. Riding as hard as I can to make it last as short as possible doesn't seem to work!
No run today - for obvious reasons
Early start again tomorrow - yeesh