The Sun Trip France has moved up a notch with the leg of the Col du Tourmalet, a leg imagined from the beautiful city of Pau, the day after a day of rest which gave us the opportunity to parade with the ‘”Pau à Vélo” association.
This Wednesday July 28, the weather was not perfect, with light rain and cloud coverage.
The group left Pau at 7:30 am, with 80 km to cover at the bottom of the valley to reach the foot of the Col du Tourmalet, a challenge of 2115 meters which stood ahead of the participants of the Sun Trip France, after days of adventure. For some, this leg was a first approach to high mountains!
For the first three, the challenge was all the greater as the sun was totally absent during the entire climb, only appearing a few minutes after the arrivals! Jean-Marc Dubouloz, Bernard Cauquil, Edgar Tournon, three Sun Trippers who had to dig into their last strengths to climb the giant of the Pyrenees. Well done!
Behind this trio, the rest of the group took a little more time and found sun on the final part of the ascent, in dreamy landscapes. Everyone was careful to spare their ride, not to overheat the engine to tip over the other side of the mountain. Stéphane Bujadoux was the last to cross the pass, at 5.30 pm. Johan and little Léon decided to camp halfway up the slope to hope to pass tomorrow.
Other participants had decided to skip this challenge of the Tourmalet, while remaining in the plain: Jean-Claude Trouche, Patrice Plozner, Frédéric Koch, Cécile and Victor-Emmanuel. Everyone will meet in Anduze.