Cycling with Le Tour in the Pyrenees

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.

Jan and Jacks bikes ready for their journey to Pau for the start of l'Étape du Tour

Jan and Jacks bikes ready for their journey to Pau for the start of l’Étape du Tour

Jack and Jan eager to start

Jack and Jan eager to start

13,000 assembled in La Place de Verdun, Pau for the start of l'Étape du Tour

13,000 assembled in La Place de Verdun, Pau for the start of l’Étape du Tour

Waiting for the riders on Cote de Loucrup

Waiting for the riders on Cote de Loucrup

Rider celebrating reaching the top of the 3.2km climb

Rider celebrating reaching the top of the 3.2km climb

Tuesday: Pyrenees Motorcycle Tours did a tour of the route with Andy, Nancy and Will, riding the 145km, from Pau to Hautacam.

Waiting for Le Tour de France

Waiting for Le Tour de France

Camped out beside the road on Col du Tourmalet

Camped out beside the road on Col du Tourmalet

A cold night ahead for those camped out early for Le Tour de France

A cold night ahead for those camped out early for Le Tour de France

Andy and Nancy being overtaken by a cyclist on the descent of Tourmalet

Andy and Nancy being overtaken by a cyclist on the descent of Tourmalet

Spectators on Tourmalet sleeping

Spectators on Tourmalet sleeping

Wednesday: We watched Le Tour from St. Beat and then moved onto Bagnéres-de-Luchon.

The caravan preceeding the riders of Le Tour de France at St. Beat

The caravan preceeding the riders of Le Tour de France at St. Beat

Le Tour de France riders on the streets of St Beat

Le Tour de France riders on the streets of St Beat

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.

Crowds waiting for Le Tour de France on Cote de Loucrup

Crowds waiting for Le Tour de France on Cote de Loucrup

Sky team waiting for his riders to take liquid

Sky team waiting for his riders to take liquid

One of the many helicopters

One of the many helicopters

Here they come

Here they come

The peleton arrive

The peleton arrive

Nice legs :)

Nice legs :)

Its all over .....

Its all over …..

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