Dia Catorce - reach for the roof and hit the wall
I was bit nervous for today. Starting off with Col de Tourmalet right from the doorstep instead of warming up easy
I had time goals for certain points on the way, to keep me going and not wasting time on coffee and food - in the end your legs thank you for it. I needed my time anyway with 4 major climbs planned.
On Tourmalet, I was the first cyclist of the day, always a special feeling. With 2115m height it is also the roof of my trip.
Look at the views from the climb on pic 1 and 2. The steep finish shows in pic 3.
Next up, Col d'Aspin, which after the Tourmalet was really easy. Near the col on the climb in pic 4 and descending to Arreau in pic 5.
Then, the famous Col de Peyresourde. A bit long, but never steep, just what I needed. It was already past noon and becoming pretty hot.
Took a quick picture by the sign (pic 6) and one just before the wideopen descent (7)
With one climb to go I took it easy and had a big cup of coffee in Bagnères-de-Luchon. Bad idea.
My legs somehow thought they were done for the day and I had a hard time getting up the steep Col de Portillon.
It was very humid and I was also getting dizzy and a bit shaky, so I ate all the food I had left when I finally reached the top.
Forgot about just one thing. After the descent, I had about 10km of slightly uphill roads to go to Vielha. 10km feels like forever when your stomach is upset, it's hot and you're out of food.
It was about 4km before Vielha that I hit the wall. Slooowly with some light pedalling I reached Vielha. Time to prepare for tomorrow!