Today was the last day's riding in the Pyrenees, a pretty brutal climb from Gedre to the Cirque Troumouse - a world heritage listed natural amphitheatre of enormous rock formations. The climb was in fact as long as the Tourmalet about 18 kms and roughly the same gradient, though this climb finished with a final 3 kms of 9.5%. I must've found my climbing legs all too late as I did it in about 20 minutes quicker than the Tourmalet. It also had many switchbacks (36 or was it 37?), heaps more than the legendary Alpe d'Huez. The TDF can't ride here because it's in a national park that has very little infrastructure to support the vehicles. etc. Each kilometre was breathtakingly beautiful, and going around each switchback one would say: "oh my god" or words to that effect. The pictures don't do it justice - a magic way to finish the final day - the descent though bumpy was fun too, got the hang of it after switchback number 20.

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Half way up the Troumouse, stunning vistas all the way

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The massive wall of rock at the top

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Some of the 36 or 37 switchbacks, much easier going down than up - yep that's a car parked down there

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Félicitations Detlef! Phew, I can stop worrying about you now! It looks amazing and totally scary. How on earth are you going to top this trip?!

Posted by Julie Claydon on 11.10.11 at 01.19pm

WOW…. I should have come and helped Lisa out in the restaurants and wineries!!
Fantastic trip by the look of it.

Posted by Linda & Wayne Erikson on 16.10.11 at 12.28pm

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