The past few days have been dominated with cycling events in the Pyrenees. It all started Sunday with the l’Étape du Tour where 13,000 cyclists had registered to ride the 18th stage of Le Tour de France. Jan and Jack who were staying with us had been training to take part, they arrived in Pau at 7am for the early start. Weather conditions on the approach to Col du Tourmalet steadily worsened with rain and cold winds, the temperature dropped down to about 5 degrees, only 8500 crossed the finish line of l’Étape at Hautacam.
Tuesday: Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours did a tour of the route with Andy, Nancy and Will, riding the 145km, from Pau to Hautacam.
Wednesday: We watched Le Tour from St. Beat and then moved onto Bagnéres-de-Luchon.
Thursday: Just a short ride from Vielle-Adour to Cote de Loucrup to watch Stage 18 of Le Tour, this was a category 3 climb over 3.2km.