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Les Veloistes Gentils, 2012 route

April 21, 2012

So, we’re off again this June for the fifth annual ride of Les Veloistes Gentils. It looks like we’ve got a near-perfect size of group at 15, Chef des Logistiques Howie is booked in (and indeed will be celebrating his 40th birthday on our last night together) and I’m absolutely delighted that we’re heading back to the mighty Pyrenees. Not only that, but we’ll be seeing both sides of the range as we’re starting in Pau, France and finishing in Girona, Catalonia. Here’s the route profile…

Full details of the route can be found here, but the essential details are 610km horizontally and 20,000m of vertical climbing (which I have to admit I’m a little unsure about…it seems a huge amount!) The individual day routes are as follows:

Day 1: Pau to Argeles-Gazost. Relatively short at 85km, but featuring the Col d’Aubisque and Col du Soulor

Day 2: Argeles-Gazost to Bagneres-de-Luchon. Classic day…Col du Tourmalet, Col d’Aspin and Col de Payresourde.

Day 3: Bagneres-de-Luchon to Tarascon-sur-Ariege. I actually think this could be a really tough day, despite not reaching the heights of the previous one. 145km with four climbs, none of them a breeze.

Day 4: Tarascon-sur-Ariege to Puigcerda. We cross the border! Interesting day…120km in total, with the last 90km all being above 1,000m.

Day 5: Puigcerda to Girona. Longish day at 150km but trending downhill.

As ever, I can’t wait to meet up with the lads and get going. In fact s I mentioned to Matt when I saw him at the Pretorius Bikes Spring party this week, I’m already feeling a bit sad that it’ll be over!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 22, 2012 8:49 pm

    A) Don’t be sentimental about things that haven’t happened yet!

    B) Hopefully Bike Toaster has overestimated the climbing like last year – that looks epic!

    C) I feel slightly sad I can’t come now. Slightly.

  2. April 22, 2012 8:50 pm

    Oh and are you staying in that same hotel in Argeles again? Jealous!

  3. Mark Pinsent permalink*
    April 22, 2012 8:51 pm

    Ha! No, different hotel this time.

  4. neil permalink
    April 22, 2012 10:28 pm

    Looks immense. Wish I was coming along.

  5. Mark Pinsent permalink*
    April 22, 2012 10:35 pm

    Definitely not then?

  6. John Erikson permalink
    June 11, 2012 3:26 pm

    Col D’Aubisque – looks long, twisty and arduous. Fantastic! Hope the rain holds off for you on the long descent.

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