When I read that their local secret would be included in this year's Stage 12 of the Tour de France, I thought of that nice couple in France. I remember fondly their quiet yet-undiscovered (no paint on the road) climb of the Hourquette d'Ancizan. It was a wonderful day in the Pyrenees on a bicycle when I rode that climb last July, (my post from the day: Magnificent day in the Haute-Pyrenees)
|this is the summit of the Hourquette d'Ancizan|
|Last climbs in Stage 12, 2011 Tour de France. click to enlarge|
I had a blast this morning watching the Tour de France on TV and on Eurosport (on my laptop) so I didn't miss an inch of reminiscing at every corner and turn of the road through the Pyrenees. Today the riders take on three of the mountains that comprise some of my favorites memories of cycling in France. This is where the epic climbs of the Tour de France are located, where history is made and front forks are forged.
Let's climb up the Col du Tourmalet, well-known as one of the best climbs in Europe.
Sitting with a coffee, plate of berries, yogurt and granola, TV, laptop, watching the race live, I couldn't be happier. But it is all made more real by the simple act of texting a friend saying, remember when we were there.
|sitting on a mountain in France|
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