The 'Coasts and Cols' Tour was the hardest multi-day ride I have ever ridden. It was the biggest riding 'set' that I have ever completed. It was an achievement; an experience, and a challenge. It was also, crucially, a beautiful and enjoyable journey.
Here are some of the key metrics from the trip; accompanied by my favourite photo from each of the twelve days away from home.
94 hrs 20 mins - Total Riding Time
1933 kilometres - Total Distance Ridden
28,629 metres - Total Elevation Climbed
Every kilometre and every metre climbed holds a little story. Below is a montage of memories.
Day 0 - 'Rolling Out'
Day 1 - 'First Pedal Strokes'
Day 2 - Heading Southeast Into Spain
Day 3 - 'Descending Frozen To France'
Day 4 - The Pyrenees Proper
Day 5 - The Mountain Marathon
Day 6 - Descent From The Pyrenees
Day 7 - Rest. Relaxation. Reflection.
Day 8 - The Vineyards of BordeauxCoasts and Cols' tour. I ride the first 50 kilometres to Carcassonne with Gus; then bid him a fond farewell, as I head north. Over the Montagne Noir, and into the vineyards of Bordeaux. The day in spent in glorious sunshine; feasting on road-side figs, pears and plums. 240 kilometres by sun-down.
Day 9 - Mishaps and Missed Targets
Day 10 - The Atlantic Coast
Day 11 - The Giant Northwards Push
Day 12 - Dawn Arrival
Coasts and Cols. Storms and Sunshine. Mountains and Flatland.
Experiences. Challenges. Adventure... an incredible ride.
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