Left Ile de Re and drove to Luz Saint Sauveur (Foot of the Tourmalet) and mere 400 miles ish….
As soon as we arrived, I got changed and sorted the bike out, then I headed up the Tourmalet (The side I could not ride up as it had been washed away 4 years ago – and left a gap in my Tourist Raid Pyrenees!)
After 16 KM of climbing I stopped for a spot of coffee and a Coke – again it has taken 4 years to stop at the Cafe as it was closed – due to the road closure last time…
It didn’t seem too unreasonable to descend the other side to Saint Marie de Campan, turn around at the bottom and ascend the other side of the Tourmalet 🙂
Ok it is totally unreasonable and proves I am not of sound mind!
But today I have ascended and descended BOTH sides of the Col de Tourmalet and I can say with some degree of certainty (Paul McCormack) the climbIi did originally (From Saint Marie de Campan) was NOT the easy side….It is by far the harder ascent, the gradient kicks up to 10% for the last 4 KM…..so when you said I did the easy side….YOU LIED!
Strava session here…