Cycling buddy Anne, being in training for her first Etape du Tour this July, wanted to do a ride with some climbing this fine Sunday. She accomplished this by choosing a route that had exactly zero kilometers of flat surface. Seriously. Right from our start in the village of Lasalle our first climb began. Here is a shortlist of the passes we made it up today. I’m missing at least one or two, I’m sure.
Our day started early, as you can see from the shadow below. I picked Stephen up at a groggy 6:45.
Stephen, atop our first col of the day.
I never get tired of the views in these mountains.
Our 2nd ascent of of l’Asclier. Here’s Stephen, thinking this was the last climb of the day.
Anne, showing that she is more than ready for her Etape.
Just a pretty fountain.
Stephen again, definitely positive that this was his last col (it wasn’t as it turns out, but it was close).
Just a pretty church.
Attached to a pretty village.
And finally, proof that the rebellious contrarians of the Cévennes also have a good sense of humor.
Thanks Anne, for the excellent route planning and Stephen for the excellent lunch!
Strava, for those interested in awesome-looking profiles: http://app.strava.com/activities/62280148