Thursday, 4 July 2013

Day 6 - Montferrer-Manresa

Start: 9.15
Finish: 17.10
Distance: 118km
Cycling time: 5.10
Top speed: 73kmh
Punctures: 0
Mechanical failures: 0
Lunch: Solsona (13.00-14.50)

So, the home stretch begins... We weren't looking forward to joining a major trunk road, peppered with tunnels, South for around 70km, but things turned out rather pleasant.

Not only was it generally downhill all the way, but the tunnels could be bypassed by taking short stretches of the old road that took us around instead of through various spurs in the mountains. Further, the road descended through a spectacular steep sided gorge before the valley opened out into gorgeous scenery around a long and beautiful lake formed by a dam further South.

Somewhere South of Oliana we turned East towards Solsona. A fast stretch at first for our mountain-hardened legs, before we hit a surprise incline. This turned out to be a 450m Category 2 climb of the Cortada de Clarà at a height of 880m and with a long stretch at over 9%.

We deserved our leisurely and fine lunch at a lovely restaurant in Solsona before heading off, mostly downhill again, towards our destination, Manresa.

Our first lake view

Spectacular view from the old road

Almost out of the mountains, but beauty everywhere

Me. In front of a big rock

Atop Clarà. Our last big climb?

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