Day 5 – Col du Tourmalet

Today was a huge day.  We climbed 2 of the classic rides of the Tour de France – the Col du Tourmalet and the Col d’Aspin.

Although not part of this year’s Tour, the Tourmalet is the most climbed mountain in the Tour history and has witnessed  some great battles over the years.

My Garmin bike computer tells me that I spent seven and a half hours in the saddle, travelled 135 klms at an average of 17.6 klms per hour. My average cadence (pedal revolutions per minute) was 59, average heart rate 116, meters climbed 2,842 and calories burned 2,798, but none of those statistics really tell the full story.

It was one of those days that every serious cyclist dreams of, and I’m fortunate to have been able to experience it.



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