Thursday, February 27, 2014

Descent of the Chioula and GoPro

Last year on my annual pilgrimage to cycling valhalla in the Pyrenees I took my GoPro camera for the first time.  Below is my descent of the Col du Chioula, headed back toward Ax les Thermes (best viewed in HD).

This was probably my best descent of last year, the road surface and weather being just right.  Everything fell into place.  For those wondering, my top speed on this descent was 48.2 mph.

I took an insane amount of footage with my GoPro last year, and I am glad I did.  But the problem is that when you bring back these hours and hours of video, there is nowhere for you to go with it.  Options are buying an external hard drive and storing them there, or uploading them to one of many websites that do this sort of thing.  I am about two thirds of the way done uploading my videos to YouTube, and it takes absolutely forever.  A 15 minute video takes several hours to upload.  I usually start one video a night and begin the uploading process before I go to bed.

Cross posted at ChicagoBoyz.


Carl from Chicago said...

Holy crap that's fast

Do you know what the course looks like before you go down or are you just figuring it out as you go?

Do they clear the cars out first? Or do you just hope there aren't any?

Dan from Madison said...

No way to know every twist and turn on the mountains so you learn to look ahead. The course is not closed (unless it is a big race) so unless you are positive there are no cars coming you need to stay right.

Descending is really an art and I have seen much improvement in my descending over the last several years. This video is the culmination of a lot of work.

Gerry from Valpo said...

My kind of bicycle ride…all downhill.