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    in reply to: Club Clothing #75072

    They no longer do the mesh summer shorts, only what is listed on the website.

    NeilE
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    All info including GPX files, PDF maps, 7 day overview and profiles are on dropbox here…

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/otvd5oq3ezu0yx8/AAC7RnnuTvNkzafOg9yIaSXJa?dl=0

    Any questions please ask

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    Not many people flying in on the Friday then?

    Myself
    Paul
    Graham
    Graeme
    Kasia
    Darren
    Will

    NeilE
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    Having spoken to Chris a few weeks ago, he has agreed to book an extra night in the first hotel for anyone flying in on the Friday.
    If your’e interested, Post up below by Tuesday 13th Feb so we can get a head count and get it booked.

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    There are some possible short cuts that could be put in..

    Day 1 – miss the Superbesse climb and go straight down the main road – saves 8miles & 300m ascent
    Day 2 – follow the N122 into aurillac (main road) – saves 11 miles & 350m ascent
    Day 3 – Stay in the valley at Grand Vabre – saves 3.5miles & 300m of ascent
    Day 4 – it only 54miles as the crow flies, but 95miles by road – no options to shortcut due the the twisting nature of the road, this was the shoerts i could feasibly make it unless you just followed the main N road (72miles)
    Day 5 – Again no options to short cut
    Day 6 – no options to short cut but only 68 miles
    Day 7 – 82miles no short cuts (more details to follow)

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    Day 6

    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)
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/4gm9d47pkaf46ex/Col_du_Chioula_Luzenac_profile.gif?dl=0

    and the Col de Pailheres (we join this one at 4Km in)
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/la03yoxsahf80vs/Col_de_Pailh%C3%A8res_Ax_les_Thermes_profile.gif?dl=0

    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)
    Pont du Diable

    Looking back down the Chioula
    Looking back down the Chioula

    Looking back down the Pailheres
    Looking back down the Pailheres

    The descent off the Pailheres
    The descent off the Pailheres

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    Day 4

    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.

    Day 5

    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
    Heading into the Black Mountains

    Looking across the Black Mountains
    Looking across the Black Mountains

    The Commune of Saissac, on the way out of 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
    The Flat(ish) farmlnads between the black mountains and the pyrenees

    More Fields!
    More Fields!

    Foothills of the pyrenees
    Foothills of the pyrenees

    The pyrenees looming in the distance
    The pyrenees looming in the distance

    Final climb of the day before dropping into Foix
    Final climb of the day before dropping into Foix

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by  NeilE.
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    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 instead

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    Day 3

    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…

    https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1929573336

    Looking back at the Parc Volcans
    Looking back at the Parc Volcans

    The Town of Marcoles at 16miles in
    The Town of Marcoles at 16miles in

    View Across the hills
    View across the hills

    View across the valleys
    View across  the valleys

    Looking down the vallley at St Projet
    Looking down the vallley at St Projet

    More views down the valleys
    More views down the valleys

    View across the top of the hills
    View across the top of the hills

    Riding into Villecomtal
    Riding into Villecomtal

    Looking back at Muret-e-Chateau
    Looking back at Muret-e-Chateau

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by  NeilE.
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    I can’t see them on their either, it looks like some of it has been revamped. I can ask them if you want? They do still do the mesh skinsuits with pockets if that is of any interest, the summer race suit and the apex summer race suit.

    NeilE
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    see https://www.westdraytonmbc.co.uk/forums/topic/june-2017-clothing-order/ for a new kit order and update on new supplier…

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    All major alpine passes covered and updated daily….

    http://www.alpen-journal.de/alpenservice/alpenpaesse.html#appt_c_A

    NeilE
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    I have just added a new gps file called “Alps Day 3 – avoiding iseran”
    It goes back down to bourg st Maurice then there is a lot of N road bashing down the valley, the col de la Madeleine at 30km in length and 1500m ascent followed by more N road bashing up the next valley before rejoining the original route at the foot of the col du telegraph.
    In total it 91miles and 3221m of ascent compared to the original 68miles and 2391m of ascent.
    If you try and keep off the N road it will add miles and meteres onto what will already be a long day. lights may also be useful as there looks to be quite a few tunnels.
    if the madeleine isnt open then its an even bigger detour, Lets just hope the iseran is rideable

    NeilE
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    Regarding the transfer, I have spoken with Chris and the plan is to add the cost of £17.82 it to everyone’s bill at the end of the trip. Keeps it simple for everyone, including myself

    NeilE
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    Simon, I’ve converted the word doc to a pdf and that is there as well now. Its probably best to download it to your pc first then print it. To download the files or the whole folder that contains the gps files left click of the “…” icon to the right and select download. What happens next depends on your browser. In chrome it saves it to your downloads folder and you can copy it onto your garmin from there. I have added a screen shot showing the download option to the Dropbox page. If your still struggling then give me a call

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 5 months ago by  NeilE.
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