NeilEParticipantSeptember 7, 2017 at 12:03 pmPost count: 362
To start, here is a little taster for Days 1 & 2 of next years summer road trip
Departing Clermont Ferrand and heading into the Parc Volcans
Currently planned at 87miles and 2974m of ascent, but will probably be pulled back to an earlier end at 78miles
It passes over 4 main cols, the col del la Moreno, col du guery, col de la croix de saint robert and Super Besse, which has been used as a summit finish in the tour
Heading into the final ascent of super besse
Heads over the second part of the parc volcans through to Aurillac
At 71miles and 2250m of ascent, but will pick up the extra miles if day 1 is shortened
It passes over the Col de Pas de Peyrol and the col du perthus which were used in the 2016 tour on the route to the summit finish at Lioran
Final ascent of Pas de Peyrol
Pas de Peyrol from the Perthus
More to follow on the subsequent days soon….chrisKeymasterSeptember 8, 2017 at 3:14 pmPost count: 6865
Looking good Neil
So who is up for next years trip?GraemeParticipantSeptember 9, 2017 at 5:38 amPost count: 260
Have you got any idea of dates for the trip yet Chris?chrisKeymasterSeptember 10, 2017 at 4:15 pmPost count: 6865
Looking at June Guys , numbers will be limited to 20, those that helped out on club events or raced the club events will take priorityGraemeParticipantSeptember 10, 2017 at 5:08 pmPost count: 260
I’ll be up for it if it’s June.NeilEParticipantSeptember 11, 2017 at 9:13 amPost count: 362
Aurillac to Rodez
Heading out of the parc volcans and into the gorges and valleys, the climbs are shorter but more frequent.
Planned at 69miles and 1878m of ascent, I had the opportunity to test ride this stage over the summer.
For anyone in the clubs garmin here it is…
Looking back at the Parc Volcans
The Town of Marcoles at 16miles in
View Across the hills
View across the valleys
Looking down the vallley at St Projet
More views down the valleys
View across the top of the hills
Riding into Villecomtal
Looking back at Muret-e-Chateau
chrisKeymasterSeptember 11, 2017 at 5:04 pmPost count: 6865
- This reply was modified 4 months, 1 week ago by NeilE.
Looks good so far
Graham 15 spots to go!Simon SlaterParticipantSeptember 11, 2017 at 7:41 pmPost count: 47
I fancy it,
I am thinking of doing the Tour of Cambridgeshire next year which is the 1st weekend in June if that date could be avoided if poss please.Hannah DaviesParticipantSeptember 11, 2017 at 9:34 pmPost count: 28
Day 1 87 miles and nearly 3000 metres of climbing!! Sounds great! Yes please!Roger FowkesParticipantSeptember 12, 2017 at 6:34 amPost count: 4
Wow weeeee sounds great…please get my name down
.NeilEParticipantSeptember 12, 2017 at 7:22 amPost count: 362
Hannah, If we can sort accommodation in the Riom-es-montagnes then it will cut that down to 79 miles, but will add it onto day 2 insteadNeilEParticipantSeptember 12, 2017 at 9:07 amPost count: 362
Departing Rodez and heading Castres, this looks to be a similar terrain to Day 3 winding through valleys and gorges and over ridge lines. It’s a long one at 95 miles with 2400m of ascent, but it is all downhill after the 65 mile mark.
Another stage I had the oppertunity of test riding this summer, day 5 Heads from Castre across the black mountains and through the Sunflower fields to Foix at the foot of the pyrenees.
At 87 miles and 1700m of ascent the full details can be seen here on the clubs garmin group
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1951873502 , with the difference that I started from Mazamet, just across from Castre.
Heading into the Black Mountains
Looking across the Black Mountains
The Commune of Saissac, on the way out of the Black Mountains
The Flat(ish) farmlnads between the black mountains and the pyrenees
Foothills of the pyrenees
The pyrenees looming in the distance
Final climb of the day before dropping into Foix
NeilEParticipantSeptember 13, 2017 at 8:31 amPost count: 362
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Day 6 follows part of our Pyrenees trip from 2014, taking us from Foix to Axat. This is the Garmin file from back then… https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/531552175
It takes in two major climbs, the col du Chioula (we join this profile at 5km in)
and the Col de Pailheres (we join this one at 4Km in)
As we leave Foix we’ll stay on the quieter west side of the river and cross back once out of town at the Pont du Diable (the Devils Bridge)
Looking back down the Chioula
Looking back down the Pailheres
The descent off the Pailheres
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