Hautacam . . . a very difficult climb

Posted on: July 21st, 2018
Sunday we rode from our gite (rental house) in Viscos over to and up Hautacam, a road also made famous by the Tour de France. In only 13.5 km (8.4 miles) we climbed 3,839 feet, at an average grade of 8%. From there we descended to the quaint town of Argeles Gazost for coffee, before climbing the canyon road back to Viscos.

And the worst part . . .  the road to our little village climbs another 800 feet in just over 1 1/2 miles - or an average grade of more than 9%!  It's BRUTAL!

Amazingly enough, there is a fabulous restaurant here in our little village, and that's where we ate a wonderful dinner, It was a perfect ending to a fantastic day in France!

Monday we are tackling the most famous road in the Pyrenees, the Col du Tourmalet, plus the Col d'Aspin and the climb up to the Cap de Lac de Long deep in the Pyrenees National Park. In total we will ride approx. 65 miles and climb more than 12,000 vertical feet, so it's off to bed for what I hope is a very good night's sleep.

Au revoir for now.

PS. The internet here is to slow for me to post photos or video but check back tor updated versions of these posts soon.
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