We had done well yesterday and today our Pyractif guides offered to split the group into two. The hammerheads would go with Chris as support and ride the Col de Marmore and the very difficult Col de Pailheres, while the Rest of Us would go with Helen and after the Marmore we would do the Col de Jau, which runs through a canyon but is not as extreme as the Pailheres. This suited me well enough and with the majority of the group we rode out of Tarascon-sur-Arieges to the first climb, or actually non-climb of the day.
|Terry climbing to the Corniche|
Once we reached Luzenac the fun really began as we ascended the Col de Marmore. It was another beautiful climb, fairly long at 12 kms but very enjoyable. There was a very long and really lovely descent and we saw some high speeds register on the GPS as we flew downhill. I stopped to take some photos and soon found myself riding along through the empty countryside. I was a bit concerned that I might take a wrong turn (our maps for today did not actually show most of our Low Road route) but I thought: “The weather is great, the roads amazing, the scenery superb and I am in France on holidays.” So getting lost was not much of a concern to this Lost Boy.