Wednesday 29th August: Day three of the Pyrenean beasting!
Today was a transit day from Argeles-Gazost to Ax-Les-Thermes with a stop-off to take care of a couple of minor bits of speed-bump business on the way. The only thing that travelling on French roads confirms is that their DJ's choice of music is even worse than mine...and I do mean awful! Cue 'Boney-M' for a bonus.
The first climb was the 14km Col de Peyresourde which was frankly unpleasant due to the hanging diesel fumes and the false flats which kill the legs.
|Above the diesel fumes and away from the crowd...|
|Solid camera work from The Cloggies. Schweet!|
|No product placement here.|
|Milka moos nearby...|
|Always love the French tree-lined streets an' that.|
|Not my arse but yer actual Pyrenean speed-bumps.|
Day 3 stats...ouch!
Thursday 30th August: Day 4 of the Pyrenean beasting
This morning was met with low cloud and continual persistance: it was even worse when we looked out of the window...
|The view from our reinforced balcony.|
|The start of the nasty, horrible Col de Plateau de Beille.|
The Umpires (i.e. me and Andy) made a further pitch inspection and declared play possible. Shame.
|"...Godber...". Heartening to see a tribute to perhaps the finest British sit-com.|
I had to fight and fight and fight up to the summit of this mountain: it was a new experience for us because we climbed into cloud which didn't help breathing/wheezing or because of the clawing cold and damp. To be fair, we had been lucky with the weather until now. Until now...
|Just follow the road.|
|Bit of a tourist trap.|
Put bluntly, I never want to do that again. After a pizza and a beer and a glance outside the window it was obvious that further play was a non-starter...so just the one col for us today, although one that I would avoid in the future.
Day 4 Pyenean stats!