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End of the Season

tripyreneesby tripyreneesSep 26th 2009
End of the Season
We have just finished the Pyrenean Traverse, our final tour of the season. We have been going since the 1st week of March with little or no break until now. It has been a fantastic season with many cyclists and triathletes coming through out doors.
The final tour happened to be the 13th Pyrenean Traverse we have done. Great group of people but the tour did not go without its problems. On the longest day which is day 2 and 145 Km including the Col de Marie Blanque, Col d'Aubisque, Col du Soulor and the Giant Col de Tourmalet, we had the biggest problem ever. Our minibus broke down 10 km from the start. A major breakdown too which involved it being towed to the garage. I was guiding the ride and rode back to Julie which was around 8 Km. Aimee, our daughter, who happened to be riding this tour took the others over the first climb. I could not do anything with the minibus so decided to chase the group while Julie waited for a rental vehicle. I finally caught the group after another 30 km including the climb. We then went on to the top of the Tourmalet, totally unsupported and in terrible conditions. Everyone braved through it and were ecstatic to see Julie at the top with hot cups of tea. We descended the Tourmalet in pouring rain, fog and nearly dark conditions. What an epic day that was. I rode until the Wednesday as now I had to drive another rental minibus as we had no trailer. Aimee carried on to finish and is now the youngest person we have had finish the Raid Pyrenees (she is 21). She loved it and was very strong pushing the guys until the end in Cerbere.
On the last day I lost my iPhone - this was my worst nightmare. I am not superstitious but I was waiting for the 3rd bad thing to happen - it didn't.....phew!!

So a great tour and a great year - we will be putting in the miles this winter both on the bike and on the run and will also try to get back into the pool. There will be no off season for us this year and definitely no hospital visits.
 
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