LA MAMA Day 7

🚲 101.3 miles, 2085m climbing, Cols: 🏔 Coll de la Quillane 1713m, 🏔 Coll de la Llosa 1863m, 🏔 Col de Fontcouverte 605m (3D route video) Being so high up, we thought a check of the weather forecast would be wise before setting our alarms for the morning. It looked like an extra hour’s sleep would mean the ‘feels like’ temperature […]

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LA MAMA Day 6

🚲 70.0 miles, 3661m climbing, Cols: 🏔 Col d’Agnes 1570m, 🏔 Port de Lers 1517m, 🏔 Col de Pailhères 2001m, 🏔 Col de Marty 1469m, 🏔 Puyvalador 1760m (3D route video) The shared room (see day 5) was fine – we slept well anyway – like most of this trip!  The only problem, if you can call it that, was that our kit didn’t […]

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LA MAMA Day 5

🚲 72.8 miles, 3324m climbing, Cols: 🏔 Col du Portillon 1293m, 🏔 Plan de Beret 1893m, 🏔 Port de Salau 2088m, 🏔 Col de Latrappe 1110m (3D route video) Following two ‘easy’ days (day 3 & day 4), we were now going for a full-on day: crossing into Spain for a long and high gravel path we’d spotted on Google Earth, before crossing back […]

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LA MAMA Day 4

🚲 60.9miles, 3122m climbing, Cols: 🏔 Col du Tourmalet 2115m, 🏔 Col d’Aspin 1490m, 🏔 Col de Peyresourde 1563m (3D video of route) With re-renewed vigour and lowered expectations, we set off up the Tourmalet after a couple of pastries, planning to stop partway for our morning coffee.  We’d ridden this climb non-stop 12 years ago when I was 10 weeks pregnant, […]

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LA MAMA Day 3

🚲 35.5miles, 1323m climbing, Cols: 🏔 Col d’Aubisque 1709m, 🏔 Col de Soulor 1474m (3D video of route) The Aubisque We set off at 9am, after a good breakfast, not in high spirits, but determined. After yesterday’s issues we decided to cut the high altitude offroad sector from today. It still constituted the “big” day, however: 4 major road cols […]

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LA MAMA Day 2

🚲 94.5miles, 5279m climbing, Cols: 🏔 Pic Arthaburu 1156m, 🏔 Col de Bagargi 1327m, 🏔 Col de Soudet 1520m, 🏔 Col de la Taillandère 1836m (3D video of route) After a good meal and a sound night’s sleep we set off early in only slightly damp kit, well aware that the day ahead was likely to be tough, but full of optimism. On […]

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LA MAMA Day 1

🚲 59.5miles, 2261m climbing, Cols: 🏔 Col d’Ibardin 317m, 🏔 Urtsualdea 550m, 🏔 Collado Anzola 585m, 🏔 Col d’Ispéguy 690m (3D video of route) A la gare After being dropped off by Dad at Poitiers, we found that the TGV, legendary for its speed and punctuality, was running an hour and 20 minutes late.  We managed to book new tickets for a later connection […]

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