Day 4 – Ride to Gavarnie

Gavarnie is a little town nestled in a valley in the Pyrenees which caters mainly for walkers, cyclists, horse-riders, campers and motor homes in the summer and skiers in the winter. It’s nearly 40 klms from our base in Argeles Gazost. We set out along the familiar bike-path and then up the valley road to Luz-Saint Sauveur, which has just been resurfaced for the Tour de France which passes that way on Saturday. Then it was onto the road to Gavarnie – a steady 20 klm climb of between 6 and 8% gradient. Some of the stronger riders in the group opted for the extra 12 klms to the Col de Tete while the rest of us enjoyed lunch in a great restaurant further down the mountain at Gedre. Then it was a nice fast ride back to our hotel in Argeles with Dwain leading the bunch,  in time to watch the Tour de France on the TV in the pub and see Caleb Ewan (an Aussie) win the stage.    My stats for the day were: Distance travelled 78 klms, riding time 4 hours, average speed 20 klms/hr, maximum speed 55 klms/hr, average heart rate 119 per min, height climbed 1,103 metres, average cadence (pedal revolutions) 64 per min.

9 Replies to “Day 4 – Ride to Gavarnie”

  1. Great pics Kevin and the video makes the mouth water. Just as well you are doing all that peddling and then being able to enjoy the wonderful food and wine guilt free! Keep up the great work very impressive. Cheers Bill

  2. Kevin…you are such an inspiration to all of us oldies. Love your blogs. Looking forward to the next episode. Stay safe and well.

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