Col Baggin’ in the Cévennes with Anne and Stephen

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.

Col du Mercou, Col de l’Asclier, Col du Pas, Col de l’Asclier (again!), Col de Pierre levée.

Our day started early, as you can see from the shadow below. I picked Stephen up at a groggy 6:45.

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Stephen, atop our first col of the day.

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And something you see a lot of in the mountains of Le Sud – memorials to local Resistance fighters who were killed during WWII. The area has a long history of rebellion and contrariness. 2013-06-23 08.45.34

I never get tired of the views in these mountains.

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A paved-over goat track – what most of your climbs will look like in the Cévennes.2013-06-23 12.17.45

Our 2nd ascent of of l’Asclier. Here’s Stephen, thinking this was the last climb of the day.

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Anne, showing that she is more than ready for her Etape.

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Just a pretty fountain.

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Stephen again, definitely positive that this was his last col (it wasn’t as it turns out, but it was close).

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Just a pretty church.

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Attached to a pretty village.

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And finally, proof that the rebellious contrarians of the Cévennes also have a good sense of humor.

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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

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18 thoughts on “Col Baggin’ in the Cévennes with Anne and Stephen

  1. Over 5000m of climbing – very impressed! I was out in damp chilly Scotland this morning and feel very under prepared for the Etape with those stats for comparison.

  2. Ah! Thank you – that’s something of a relief. I did a Sportive last weekend with 2200m so feel I’m playing in the same game.

  3. Kudos to Anne I will follow her progress on the Etape as best I can, if she blogs, will you link? If not, now I suppose the burden is on you:-):-)… thanks again for these posts and photos, they are perfect!

    • No blog…yet, I’m afraid, but I will be sure to record her triumphs. It’s nice to get out and be able to take photos of new places again. Glad you liked them!

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