KING OF THE MOUNTAINS CHALLENGE 2017
King of the Mountains
Peaky Climbers Epic 7 Day Challenge
10th September 2017
After a hearty breakfast the boys set off towards the Infamous Col de Tourmalet (2115m). This Col features frequently on the Tour de France and recognised as super challenging the world over.
As the team cycled through one of the small villages it seemed appropriate to take a team photo below a local shop sign that was flashing the word PAIN.
It was a chilly day, all the guys were well wrapped up against the elements and looking fine in their new kit.
The long 19km ascent started well, all riders together and in great spirits and looking forward to the average 7.4% gradient. There were early warning signs re the weather looking to change as the guys looked skywards and spotted snow on the peaks. But for now, it was all about getting into a rhythm and attacking the climb.
JB and Macca were climbing buddies for the day, out ahead they could hear a French farmer calling and whistling at his dogs.
As video footage was being taken of Ben, Allen, Simon and Graham elegantly climbing all of a sudden the sound of bells could be heard.
Much to our amazement we were stopped dead in our tracks as a flock of 100 sheep came around the corner and blocked the road. As the Peaky Climbers paused to take in the full impact of this, the sheep just kept on walking by each rider…a beautiful site.
A third of the way up whilst passing through a ski resort our fantastic support team from Le Domestique, Peter and Jack, warned us of the worsening snowy conditions at the summit. undeterred by this the Peaky Climbers pushed on past ski lifts and goat herds on the road.
The temperature was fast plummeting as the freezing rain turned into snow. A crazily driven snow plough highlighted the impact of the fast changing weather conditions which showed a 2*C peak.
The mountain reached higher and higher, steeper and steep as the team started to reach the summit in style as the first cyclists on the day to reach the top and the first to arrive in snow this winter. As drivers passed us on the way up shouts of ‘Crazy’ could be heard echoing through the valley. All the team made it to the top in fine form, with emotions running high a few tears were shead.
With time always being front of mind the boys decided to ditch a lunch stop for a second baguette option as they ploughed on towards the Col de Peyresoude. The final 10K climb of the day started fairly friendly at an average 6% gradient before cruelly finishing with a challenging 4km of 9.5%. True to form all the Peaky Climbers smashed it and finished in superb style.
Tomorrow…Day 3…What will the Weather Bring?
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