Writing about my summer in France has taken a bit of the chill out of winter here, and helped me to look forward to another wonderful two weeks in France this June/July. This day, we set out to ride the Col de Port. This isn't as much of a brute as hills like Plateau de Beille, but it is very, very long. And god was it hot this day.
As always, there are all sorts of animals on the mountains to keep you entertained as you are making the long slog up.
I thought that Col de Port was prettier than most climbs.
When we got to the top I was totally gassed from the heat. I scarfed a gel, water and a Coke.
On the way back to the cabins from Col de Port I bonked. For those not familiar, it is when you simply run out of gas/energy and hit "the wall". I don't bonk often, since I train very hard, but the heat from the previous days and this day had taken its toll. One of the tour guides hung back with me as I made my way back to Vicdessos at a snails pace. I made it, and was glad to sit down in the shade for a bit.
Here is a link to the Garmin data and route.
Saddle Time: 3 hr. 56 min. 7 sec.
4564 feet of ascent
122 beats per minute average
84 rpm average
12.5 mph average
155 beat per minute max
Top speed 139 mph! Obviously a data error there.