col bagging

Two cols on a Commencal

A 30lb Commencal hardtail. Not the weapon of choice for col bagging but that's all the lady at the tourist office in Bedous could offer me, and at €10 a day I wasn't really complaining: any bike is better than no bike.

Our base for our family week in the Pyrenees, the Fontaines D'Escot, is smack bang at the bottom of the Col de Marie Blanque – the steep side – and that was to be the first challenge of the day.

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Above Gourette the clouds closed in...

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At the foot of the Aubisquw. It's all up from here...

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The Col D'Aubisque in 1km increments. Fairly steady. And fairly steep.

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13% for 1km - that was as hard as it got, and it was plenty hard!

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At the top of the Marie Blanque, no great fanfare and no tea rooms

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