You may remember from my post at the end of Peak Week that I was going to determine how my taper towards Haute Route would look. In the end I went with the prevailing wisdom, it seems, and continued to ride as normal (i.e. 6 days a week), while reducing volume by around 50%. I was supposed to also increase my normal amount of ‘intensity’, too, but I’ve got no idea if I have done that.
Today, being a weekend, I wanted to head out into the hills and do a short-ish ride with a good amount of climbing, so, along with John and our new riding buddy, Sakari, we went north to the mountains. Here is Sakari cresting our first of 3 little cols today.
The rest of the photos were taken by him, which really helped out with my ride. I’m usually the one stopping all over the place to get shots. I could just freewheel along today and hope Sakari would remember to send me the photos. Turns out he’s trustworthy. Here’s John, ‘fresh’ off a two-week vacation in NYC (they don’t have mountains in NYC).
Probably our first climb, up the Corniche des Cévennes – a gentle 7km ascent that leads you to an awesome ridge ride that goes on forever.
A staged photo of John and I. If only you could see the beautiful exhaustion on our faces!
Not staged. We’re really exhausted.
One of the goat tracks we rode on today.
We didn’t go this way, but you can see the end of the word ‘col’ twice on these signs. There’s plenty of climbing in them thar hills.