Is Col du Tourmalet open?
Monday 13th May 2013
Is Cirque du Litor open?
Monday 13th May 2013
Located in the village of Saint Savin between Col du Tourmalet and Col d'Aubisque.
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As usually this time of year I'm getting lots of email asking is? if? when? Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aubisque and Cirque du Litor (road between Col du Soulor and Col d'Aubisque) are open.
As in previously years I will update this page once or twice a week and I will be going up there at least once a week to see how far I get (that's the plan anyway).
I'll also be posting on Facebook http://www.facebook....pyreneescycling
and on the forum http://www.velopelot...tourmalet-open/
The expected opening is between 5th and 7th June 2013.
Dimanche 19 mai 2013. Non
J'ai roulé ce matin aussi loin que je pouvais obtenir, à 3,5 km du sommet, à 1 km au-dessus de la station de ski. La route etait labouré plus haut, mais pas assez pour avancer plus loin sans danger.Quand nous étions là, la neige tombait toujours.
Sunday 19th May 2013. No.
I rode up this morning as far as I could get, 3.5km from the summit, just 1km above the Ski Station. The road was ploughed further up but not enough to cycle any further in safety. There was still snow falling when we were up there.
A view of Vallée du Lavedan and Hautacam from La chapelle Notre-Dame de Piétat, Saint Savin. It remains cold here with lots of rain in the forecast. I took these two photos about 08:00 this morning in Saint Savin, about 1km from our house.
Slaptons Wheelers from Buckinghamshire, England, are staying at La Lanterne Rouge Pyrénées Cycling Lodge this weekend. They are a pub cycling club based in the Carpenters Arms in Slapton.
Follow their rides on Strava. http://app.strava.co...eelers-4584#_=_
It been raining heavily for a few days here. It's still warm and the snow is melting fast. I went for a ride with 4 cyclists from Flanders who are staying at the Cycling Lodge. It was wet, tough and lots of fun. We did Lac d'Estaing, Col des Bordéres and Col du Soulor. The gate to Cirque du Litor was still locked.
After 4 days of cold, rain and snow, the sun has returned to the mountains this morning. I took this photo from one of the bedrooms in La Lanterne Rouge Pyrénées Cycling Lodge. The view is of our village Saint Savin, with Hautacam on the left and a view up the Gorge de Luz towards Col du Tourmalet.
The organizers of the Tour de France ASO, today announced the teams that have been selected to take part in the 100th edition of the event which gets underway on Saturday 29 June in Porto-Vecchio before crossing the finish line on Sunday 21 July in Paris on the Champs Elysées.
Eugene Christophe was born in Malakoff, near Paris on 22 January 1885. He was a professional cyclist from 1904 to 1926. In 1919 he became the first rider to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour de France. In all he rode the Tour 11 times, finishing 8 but never winning, however, he is more legendary than many who did, mostly due to persistent rotten luck, most notably for the events on Col du Tourmalet in 1913. He was nicknamed 'Cri-cri' and 'Le vieux Gaulois' (The old Gaul). Read story.....
Warm spring weather has returned at last and this time it looks set to stay. Temperatures today were up to 22c and the forecast is for it to remain that way for at least a week, with Sunday being up to 30c. The snow is melting fast and the trees are turning green. Everything is about 3 weeks behind normal but should catch up quickly.