Sunday, 30 June 2013

Day 2 - Saint Blancard - Lourdes

Start: 10:10
Finish: 16:40
Distance: 83km
Cycling time: 4:40

Total climbing: 1446m
Punctures: 0

Mechanical failures: 0

Top speed: 69kmh

Lunch in Tournay at 13:20-14:35

Part of route on Strava:

Today's route has been upgraded from Easy to Medium :-). Rather more rolling countryside and a fair few sharp climbs over several kilometres with plenty of hairpins and a fair few 10% and 12% warning signs to drivers. The landscape having changed from yesterday afternoon's Cotswolds to something more like the Brecon Beacons.

Highlights of the day included our 3-course Sunday lunch at a restsurant in Tournay; being cheered on by 20-30 drunken yoofs (getting "ready" for their town fete later) in Oleac-Dessus; and hitting 69kmh on one of the descents on the road from Montgaillard to Lourdes.

On the latter, there were three sharp climbs and descents on that road. We'll be repeating all three in reverse first thing as we head back that way, due to our re-route of the Tourmalet challenge tomorrow (floods on the western side).

Oh well... Onward and upward... and upward... and upward.

Me and Pete taking a morning stroll in Saint-Blancard

The road out of Saint-Blancard

Adam and Pete enjoying a 3-course Sunday lunch in Tournay

Adam, somewhere :-)

Our first sight of the Pyrenees

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