The Col d Aubisque is one of the more famous climbs in cycling. For this stage, they have it 60 kilometers before the finish, so it won’t be as decisive as in years past, but that didn’t stop the fans from coming out in droves. Thursday’s stage, the Tourmalet, is nearby, so they have closed all roads going to the Aubisque and the Tourmalet since Sunday – two days ago.
The Aubisque is about a 11 mile climb. Usually we can park a few miles down from the backside of a climb and that way we don’t have to climb the whole thing with our bottles in tow. That wasn’t the case here. Bummer. I knew the Tourmalet was going to be tough, but I wasn’t expecting this stage to be this logistically challenging.
So Lei and I did what we had to do and climbed up the 11 miles. My legs are still throbbing from it. Most people didn’t want to bike that far, so there were some good spots to run and we ended up getting on TV 3 times!
Just as the last group passed it started to drizzle. Bottle Boy does not like the rain so we packed up as quickly as possible and tried to out ride the rain. 11 miles of descending with these contraptions makes for a good adrenaline rush, and by the time we got to the bottom I was exhausted. Our car was full of flies, the shower drain wasn’t working so we’d have a mini cess pool below us every time we showered, and it was damn hot. So, I made the executive decision that we were going to grab a hotel room. I just needed space and a decent shower. And the next day was a rest day so we didn’t have to get going super early.
See my next blog post for the Hotel Report. Its entitled “The Worst Hotel Ever”. You think I liked it much?