What a hard day! What an amazing day! After the massive stress of yesterday - quick recap:
Airline lost 3 of our bikes and corresponding luggage. Massive amount of phone calls and frustration work ro try and locate them. Got one more and had to scramble to rent two others so the guys could ride. Lots of gear needed to be purchased as well. Crazy stressful day.
Today was much less stressful once you eliminate the last minute flat repair before our ride to the race start, subsequently resulting in the need to drill the 7km to make it on time. I personally had an overall good day, but man it felt hard. The climbs in the Pyrenees are nothing like at home. They are so steep and it takes some getting used to the low cadence you are forced to use.
My partners in crime (GWA clients Dave Barr, Bill Semrau, Sean Bristol, and Greg Toth) had a little more excitement. Between them they had 5 flats, a crash, and we're out on the road for nearly 8 hours. Talk about baptism by fire. The Haute Route Pyrenees is an unrelenting series of iconic but brutally difficult climbs.
Today we faced really difficult conditions. Rain, fog, and muddy slippery descents. It was a day to remember for sure. 143 km and 3600 m of climbing. Tomorrow is a little longer and likely harder....oh my, I can't wait....