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 ...
... find dinner and ran into John and Greg somehow(our other 3fidi friends) so we had a great dinner within a square where the kids could play. Downside to car park was that it was never quiet with trucks coming and going all night but it did allow us a quick start to the race.Lucy has been going really well on this trip so far but young Ben continues to give us grief. His normally big eating patterns aren't there, hence he gets defiant quite a lot and his night terrors have ...
... Val d’Aran), 1904m altitude, 9km to climb.
Plus a headwind along the valley and for most of the 2nd climb. Big day. It was a long way on the first climb before we saw the 10km to summit sign, and endless on the Port de la Bonaigua into the wind to the same point.
James, Lucy and Ben drove the course, leaving early, and encountered (as we riders did later on) masses ...
... to be her husband who was blind,
down through the rocky tracks, so much trust!
From here we drove our final leg through
the mountains to Valle de Nuria; again in the dark. We found we started up on the ghost stories
again; quite amusing to see our reactions when the GPS got lost and tried to
send us up a dark steep track up the mountain. This was not manageable in our
car, thankfully we called the hostel and received directions, and we were not
Today I really wasn't feeling too well; think my body is really missing my usual diet :(
I was very happy to find that the hotel offered gluten free bread this morning for breakfast rather than me having a coffee whilst everyone eats and I attempt to find a piece of fruit or rice crackers in my bag later on.