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Conquering the Beast – Race Report Stage 3 Col du Tormalet
This was the day, 11 July 2015 that Team Sworks gave the opposition a master class on the Taming of the Beast of a climb known as the Col du Tormalet.
Not only did Team Sworks make mincemeat of the ...
... straight, both men finishing well.
Keith "The man of steel".....has officially been given the dwarf name of "crampy" due to the fact that he cramped early on the ride, and anyone who rides cramping on a climb it is the worst thing to happen.....kudos to Keith and with the help of TT Tony who rode with him and the encouragement from the rest of the TT gang in the last kms ...
... would be right at home with all this. Just a rumour but I did hear here Shane muttering in his sleep...something about selling everything up and moving to Southern France...
Yours truly has finally had the jet lag fog lifted and good news I should have some clothes today as my bag was found....thanks for the shorts Pete...
With breakfast looming and a big day out in the saddle ......let the real climbing begin.
... delivered the next day or so. EP hired a bike but Bazza will need to wear the same clothes for a while yet.
Pete and Bazz were now happy – and we went to lunch and then had a bike ride.
That night we had a superb meal of a very high standard.
Peche au Jurancon en Melba was a highlight dish.
The big hills start ...
... the high peaks. Once again the scale of it was breath-taking, with sheer steep cliffs rising up from the river and Eagles and Lammergeiers (check those beauties out Dad, huge vultures with a yellow head and body) soaring high above. The intended short walk turned out to be another 6 hours but the new kit certainly made things a lot more comfortable with just a couple of small blisters to deal with.
After Anisclo I looked on the map and decided to have a look at the ...