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  • Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Le Col du Bagargui on the second to last day of the trip, was this the most brutal of them all? I remember hearing comments such as, "dead or alive you are coming with me." Though maybe our perspective was biased as it was the 11th stage and all were weary and bleary. Rebecca was pushed to the limit on this climb, 10 - 11 - 12 % pitches all the way up, no breaks. But then along came stage 12 - the final day, which for some odd reason everyone expected it to be easy ... don't know why.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    The view from the top of the Col du Bagargui... FINALLY !

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Top of the Col de Soudet with a few of the locals.

    Allan Reeves Pyrenees France From Inside

    The French Man smiling and looking fresh ... which means I didn't battle with anyone or set any PR's.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    The last day of riding, a sad reality. Above Joe and below "Camel-Back Rebecca."

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    If I was to make an educated guess it looks like Joe is going for another PR.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Oral and Rebecca.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Curt what is that around your chest, bits of a halo? Geoff is about to ruthlessly drop Curt as he did Oral and I on the Col de Marie Blanc.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    100% Pays Basque.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Like I said I don't know why everyone expected the last day to be any easier than the other stages - 94 mile and 10,000 ft. Charles and Al (above and below).

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    A typical farm house and beautiful view in the Pays Basque Pyrenees.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Maybe on the last stage Joe started to realize that this is not PR country.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Hats off to the one person, Oral, who did the entire ride and did not miss one mile. I think he can credit the long climbs he trained on in the Jamaican mountains ... "the harder they come, the harder they fall."

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    To my friend Scott, who did the Pyrenees ride in 2006 on the maiden trip, I want you to know that these are the same sheep we saw on the 1st day of the trip ... they too have been crossing the Pyrenees.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Typical Barnacle, first one to the top, but he earned it ... also the distinction of completing this trip for the 3rd time !!!

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    We are summiting a col in Spain and little did I or the other Cycling Amigos know what was to come next, a final climb and some rollers, ouch.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Oral, Geoff and Rebecca above, and "catch me if you can" Al below.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Nice to know that we often stopped to smell the roses and look at the views.

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Cycling the Pyrenees 2011

    Here you go, the 2011 Pyrenees riders. I'd like to give a big thanks of appreciation to everyone for making this a wonderful two weeks in the Pyrenees.