A Big Theoretical Day

Training is not going that well this year, but I do have a Master Plan for the final run-up to Haute Route Pyrenees. I like to think of this as my ‘nuclear option’, since conventional weapons haven’t worked so far.

Here’s the first bomb I’m planning to drop: a ride I’ve been dreaming about doing for as long as I’ve been looking at the Alps from the top of Mont Ventoux:


The route starts from the village of Caromb, where my good friends from NYC are staying this month. Caromb is at the foot of Mont Ventoux. The day will (hypothetically) end on the top of Alpe d’Huez, with much re-hydrating and back-patting.

The route I’ve made is the straightest I could figure out without taking large roads. It will be 226 km for sure, but the 5581 meters of climbing will hopefully be Garmin’s famous optimistic outlook.

I don’t want to talk much more about it in case I jinx the whole thing, but look in this space in a little over a week to see if we prove our theory right.



10 thoughts on “A Big Theoretical Day

  1. Good luck Gerry. For sure that’s an aggressive ride. Not sure about the bomb, but it definitely reminds me of cramming for grade 12 final exams. 👍

    • I am indeed, but HRAdH is ‘just training’ for HRP 😉 I still have you and your friends on my calendar, but since you are leaving right after HRAdH I doubt It’d make sense to go up there. Enjoy!

  2. Gerry, I did as you suggested but cannot get a response from Cyrpeo. They look like exactly what we need. Do you have a contact number you could call? I have international calling on my phone, but the call won’t go through. I’m a very planning ahead kind of person, but this has rattled my cage. I’m sorry to bother you, but I really don’t know what else to do. I know they would be the people to use, but I need to discuss reservations with someone. Thank you SO much for you assistance.

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