I have to make this quick because I’ve just realized 44|5 has a week-long tour coming up and there is some work to be done to make sure our clients are picked up at their airports and have something to eat at night.
Shiva The Destroyer (or Anne, as we like to call her) designed a long day for us in the Cévennes yesterday because all three of us were sorely needing it (Anne and Erik are both doing the Cents Cols Challenge this summer). The 10+ hours on the road included an ascent of mighty Mont Aigoual the ‘hard way’, via the Col de la Lusette (my least favorite climb just about anywhere). Somewhere very far from the bottom, yet not too close to the top, you are struck by a long section that makes you wonder if you’ve flatted. It definitely has me looking for an easier gear, no matter what gearing I have.
Here are Erik and Anne descending into Pompignan, with our Cévennes in the background.
I had a good Strava segment climb going until I hit this roadblock on the first ascent.
On top of Mont Aigoual, the 2nd highest peak in the range and the wettest place in France, ironically (it’s basically on the Mediterranean).
Our second-to-last-col; the back door up to the Col de l’Asclier. I am prone on the grass. Erik and Anne joined me shortly after and it wasn’t very easy to get up again.
At the end of our suffering. My Garmin registered 207 km, with nearly 3900 meters of climbing; my biggest ride of the year and one I’m hoping is putting something ‘in the bank’ that I can draw on in late August.
P.S. if you’d like a helmet head like mine, get a POC. Gives you Klingon forehead dents, too.
Question: Do any of you have experience with this stuff? Anne said a lot of the CCC riders were using them last year.