Day 10: Luchon to St. Girons: Col du Portillon, Col de Mente, Col de Portet d'Aspet


Today our luck changed - we awoke both to rainy skies and the realization that we had a huge day ahead of us. Three cols - the first was relatively short, second one quite challenging, and third a very steep short climb. We rode into Spain for about 10 miles today as well, on a busy road between Col du Portillon and Col de Mente. It was quite a day; most of the group made the whole ride despite the rain but some of us were picked up by the van before the last climb, cold wet and hungry.


Portillon west

Mente west

Portet d'Aspet west, from Col de Mente



Total: 60 miles, approx. 6400 ft.

Day 11: St. Girons to Tarascon - Col du Port

Rain rain rain...more rain today. Clouds obscured the views, and the rivers were flowing very high as we rode our second day of solid rain.

Click here for flood movie.

Click here for Harlan movie on Col du Port.



Total: 36 miles, 3000 feet.



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