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Travel Blogs from Vielha
... 1860m altitude, 17.5km to climb
It was all stunning. Today we rode some iconic, tick-the-box climbs. Col du Portillon was an absolute pleasure. Port de Bales was achingly beautiful, even with the last 5km averaging over 10%.
Happily I beat teammate John to the top of both, after stalking him for last 4km on the Port de Bales. He will tell it that ...
James' blog after stage 2
Well Stacie has left for her usual early morning ride but now I have to keep getting up to make a decent coffee for her. We have teamed up with Rob, his partner Amy and son Jake from England for this race. Rob did the first and we actually met him through another rider but didn't realise that Amy was going to drive this trip.The roads have been easier so far, but yesterday we had to drive 100 kms of the course (missed the last climb) - usually ...
... the final version.......it was comedy gold! But not the kind of publicity the Haute Route organisers want I guess. Thanks for the inspiration Jens. I expect I will be referencing more classic Jens as we hit the monster Pyrenees stages with Port de Bales, Superbagneres, Hautacam, the Tourmalet and Aubisque from tomorrow.
Made cut off by 1.5 hours, even with medical stops, so not too bad. ...
... to have this situation. On parking the car Ruben managed to touch
Stinging Nettle; I had no idea but the ‘antidote’ plant grows nearby which you
can rub on it to remove the sting. We were offered an upgrade to a cabin
separate from the main hotel with three bedrooms and living areas. We decided
that the room with 4 beds was sufficient for the small amount of time we were
going to be there (plus I think some people might have overthought the ghost
stories ;) ...
... town itself has a very typical central European snow village look and feel to it with the style of buildings located amongst the mountains. At the end of the walk we went into the supermarket to stock up on snacks; on exiting we went through a door that set off an alarm through the building - whoops must have been a fire exit!