KING OF THE MOUNTAINS CHALLENGE 2017
King of the Mountains
Peaky Climbers Epic 7 Day Challenge
14th September 2017
After a what seemed a very short but good nights sleep interrupted only by the regular clanging of bells from the local church next door, we packed cases in the vans and headed on our bikes to a restaurant owned by the hotel for breakfast.
At 8:08 we headed out of town and immediately into our firstclimb of the Col de Parquetout. This 13.3 km climb rising 537M at a steady 4.5 % gradient climbed on a quiet back road interrupted only by the occasional tractor or herd of cows that seemed to just mill around without any kind of fencing to control them.
After the very hard 2 days before everyone seemed in remarkably good spirits despite all having very sore bums etc and the weather overcast but warm giving a restbite from the very hot sun of the day before.
After finishing the climb and obligatory photo we headed down the descent into the valley beyond. The road was steep, bumpy and very narrow. In fact, it is renowned as being the most technical descent in the Tour de France.
The rain was not the only problem but also the temperature which dropped to just a few degrees. After a couple of hours all were soaked through and getting extremely cold. In the end the skipper instructed all to cycle at a pace that allowed them to keep warm rather than supporting each other. This was to esnure each rider kept as healthy and as warm as possible.
At around the halfway mark the rained finally stopped and things started to warm up a little and in fact on the last parts of the climb the sun finally came out. All got to the Col de Glandon for a photo but sat in the vans with the heaters running to warm up a little and then onto the Croix de Fer another 3Km further up the valley, the entire team had all manged to do it against extreme odds.
Tomorrow – the Day of Days…
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Peaky Climbers Team is raising funds for two amazing charities: BRITISH LUNG FOUNDATION and CARING CANCER TRUST
- Goal: £30,000 / Raised £57,813 193%