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Bartali

Pyrenees

I'm going to be spending three days riding in the Pyrenees at the beginning of September. Here's the nearby climbs and the distance from my base.  I can't do them all, so any suggestions as to what's not to be missed will be very welcome.  Many thx

ARES  795m  7km

ARTIGASCOU  1400m  20km

ASPIN  1489m  46km

AUBISQUE  1709m  94km

Port de BALES  1755m  8km

BEYREDE  1417m  42km

HAUTACAM  1635m  90km

HOSPICE DE FRANCE  1385m  27km

LARRIEU  704m  23km

MENTE  1349m  14km

NISTOS CAP NESTES  1600m  19km

PEYRESOURDE  1569m  26km

PORTILLON  1293m  28km

PORTET D'ASPET  1089m  43km

TOURMALET  2115m  69km
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Of the ones I have either ridden up (or driven up to see the Tour) I can recommend these :-

ASPIN  1489m  46km

AUBISQUE  1709m  94km

HAUTACAM  1635m  90km

PEYRESOURDE  1569m  26km

PORTILLON  1293m  28km

PORTET D'ASPET  1089m  43km

TOURMALET  2115m  69km

Tourmalet would be my No 1 choice to ride up even though its a tough slog........
MAILLOT JAUNE

Sorry, I tried replying earlier, but my message got lost when I tried to post it!!!
When I saw your list, I thought Chapeau Bartali as I thought you were going to do them all, then I read on. But Chapeau anyway for even attempting any of them.

Not having even ridden any of these or even been there but just from the names from climbs in the Tour de France and the Vuelta these are the one's I'd choose...
ASPIN  1489m  46km

AUBISQUE  1709m  94km

HAUTACAM  1635m  90km

PEYRESOURDE  1569m  26km

PORTILLON  1293m  28km

PORTET D'ASPET  1089m  43km

TOURMALET  2115m  69km
redster73

If you do Tourmalet and Hautacam take some pics be nice to know what the hell the views were like!

Oh and do the Aubisque...
thunderthighs

redster73 wrote:
If you do Tourmalet and Hautacam take some pics be nice to know what the hell the views were like!

Oh and do the Aubisque...


yup me and Redster... are on the same page..

ciao
Bartali

redster73 wrote:
If you do Tourmalet and Hautacam take some pics be nice to know what the hell the views were like!

Oh and do the Aubisque...


Red ... you would have to pick the ones that are furthest from my base Wink
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Yes but worth the effort
Bartali

Well here I am in sunny France.  Pitched up late this afternoon - Parlee still in one piece (phew) - so nipped out before dinner to bag the Col de Ares.  Pretty easy, but I had to put the hammer down on the way back so as not to miss dinner.  Early start tomorrow - can't decide whether to have a go at Mente and Portet d'Aspet ... or Portillon and Superbangres.  I'll see what the weather is like in the morning.

The biggies (tourmalet, aubisque and Hautacam) are too far west and I can't realistically get there and back in a day .....I think?
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Enjoy B, take some pics and full report, easy on the vino collapso......jealous as F**k  Cool
berck

Have fun Bartali. I wish I could be riding there too.
cardinal guzman

Bartali wrote:
Well here I am in sunny France.  Pitched up late this afternoon - Parlee still in one piece (phew) - so nipped out before dinner to bag the Col de Ares.  Pretty easy, but I had to put the hammer down on the way back so as not to miss dinner.  Early start tomorrow - can't decide whether to have a go at Mente and Portet d'Aspet ... or Portillon and Superbangres.  I'll see what the weather is like in the morning.

The biggies (tourmalet, aubisque and Hautacam) are too far west and I can't realistically get there and back in a day .....I think?


Party like it's yer birthday man! Cool
paperman

Lucky man Bartali. Have fun.

Try the three Red suggests. Very Happy
bbnaz

and remember, we want pictures and stories when you finish!
Bartali

Too tired to type at the moment.  set off early and rode the 30km to Luchon before taking on  Superbangres, Hospice de France and the Portillon.  All were up and down rides ... all hurt!  Check out the profiles if you are interested at http://www.climbbybike.com/climbs...eparture=Bagn%E8res%20de%20Luchon

I think I prefer the Alps.  I just can't find a rhythm on these climbs - they jump about all over the place.  Great views at the top of SB and Hospice.  Portillon not that exciting though you do get to ride into Spain at the finish of the climb.

Rubbish camera phone photos but here goes ...











Anyway ... with the Col de ares yesterday, that makes 4 cols!!!
bbnaz

AWESOME.......and the Parlee looks great too Wink






although every time I hear the word "Parlee" it reminds me of those scenes in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie Laughing

did you have to "parlay" on those climbs?
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Excellent Bartali, very jealous........
sheeponabike

yep, we're all jealous....
Bartali

bbnaz wrote:
... although every time I hear the word "Parlee" it reminds me of those scenes in the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie Laughing


Laughing  Laughing  Laughing

I rode up the first 15km of SuperB with a couple of French blokes who couldn't (or wouldn't) speak a word of english.  I can only do about three words in French so there wasn't much talking!  Anyway, they ripped my legs off about three km from the top .... I had no answer to their acceleration ... or was it me slowing down?  Anyway, thats when I stopped to take a photo Wink oh the shame of it!   Embarassed
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No shame at all, you could have said they were pros out for some training  Wink
Bartali

Oh they were ... I'm sure of it! Wink
berck

Ahh, those French. Always so kind. Wink
Bartali

Oh good ... Col de Mente and Col de Portet d'Aspet are both open.



Ah ... which one shall I do?



Col de Portet d'Aspet  - ride past the Castartelli monument and up 4.4km @ ave 10% gradient with the odd bit of 17% to stretch the old legs!



Aw nuts ... lets do Col de Mente as well ... Smile Smile



Here's the monument at the foot of the Portet d'Aspet - god rest his soul!



The heavens opened just as I got back down the Portet d'Aspet.  I was lucky because i wouldn't want to descend down that in the rain - steep and a crap road surface. Gravel everywhere.  Anyhow, it was nice to climb the Mente in the rain - nice and cool.  Lovely climb.  Best yet - a bit like the alps with an even gradient and lots of hairpins. half way up the rain stopped and it got very spooky as the water started evaporating from the road and valley ...

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Stop it right now Bartali, I am so envious  Cool
sheeponabike

Bartali - what size small chainring and cassette are you using?

Watch out lad - they've forcast snow up there this week-end!
Bartali

I'm riding a compact chainset so its 34 up front and 26 at the back. Snow above 1800m they say Sad  looks pretty grim at the moment and its my last day today. I could only get a three day pass Sad
paperman

Ok I've never looked into a holiday spent on some of the big climbs from our fav races but whats this pass thing???? Don't tell me you have to pay to cycle up a hill in France.  Shocked  I guess its popular so they decide to screw tourists for every cent and you have to get in line to pay for soemthing which should be free  Evil or Very Mad  Twisted Evil


Nice pics by the way. Smile
Bartali

The pass is from my cat sitter!  She will only let me out to play for three days - any longer and my boys go hungry!!

You should try this place I'm at Paperman.  I'd come again.

http://www.pyractif.com/news/roadlibertynew.html
Bartali

Cold and wet today ... yuk:(

Went up Port de Bales which is okay for a HC climb.  Its long, about 19km, but many of the early KM are quite shallow.  Back home to Blighty in the morning.













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Cold and wet today ...

No need for any aclimatisation on your return then  Rolling Eyes
thunderthighs

bartali..thats when the major damage is done..at the begining of the climb..

remember, cycling is all about surprise and putting other riders in the red zone right away.. does look wet and mushy.. but i like that !!!ciao
berck

Hey Bartali,

Are those Look KEO carbon pedals? They have a recall on those. Well, I know they do in the US. Models marked from January 04 to Dec 05. You can check the dates on the bottom of the pedal. The arrow points to the month and the year is next to the pedal. The Ti versions are fine.

link

BTW:
Great pictures. I notice the bovine team put an obstacle in the road on you. Wink
Bartali

Many thanks Berck.  Fortunately they are the Ti versions so I'm in the clear if I understand it correctly.  Thanks anyway.

These french 'cows' will do anything to slow you down!  To be honest, it was nice to have an excuse to stop and reach for my camera!  Steak tonight ... so I have the last laugh! Wink
Sooty

Great photos Barty - keep 'em coming.  (My old mate "Barty" - we go back years you know....)
I wonder if I could have my life again - start with a new pair of legs?  I never did do any of the cols - regret that - and I was a damn good climber too.

Good on you Bartali, have a great time!
paperman

Nice Bartali your cats...lol. Cheers for the link I was going to put up a thread about this I'd like to try one of those holidays. Looks great.!!

This web site is pretty good. You know it already I imagine.

http://www.climbbybike.com/index.asp
headwind

Awesome Bartali!!!!!!
berck

Correct, the Ti versions are fine.

I do envy you! Smile
chardon

Breathtaking, Bartali! Thanks for sharing it with us! Very Happy
kellyrocheearly

Fantastic photos
thunderthighs

thats a swiss cow.best milk producer..and candian bull best bull..all jokes aside..

ciao
SlowRower

Some years ago, the Good Lady and I walked up the Tourmalet for a stretch and then branched off-road (wet grit and gravel) up to the observatory (around 2800m). We got overtaken by a pair roadies on skinny tyres near the top. They must have climbed in excess of 1000m on the grit and gravel, which was impressive enough, but they turned straight round and headed down, noses on the crossbar. Mad!
sabcarrera

I didn't see these photos. Nice

17%     I'm leaving toothmarks on the handlebars
thunderthighs

NICE PICTURES.. love those cows...hehehe...

ciao
Slapshot 3

It's a hell of a place...

thunderthighs

not for sprinter.....ciao

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