I took a long weekend while I’m here in Paris to go down to the Midi-Pyrénées. The town I stayed in is called Saint-Savin, and it’s just outside of Lourdes, France. This area is famous for many reasons, but for me it has mostly to do with the Tour de France. This is the home of some of the most classic climbs in the tour: Col du Tourmalet, Hautacam, Luz-Ardiden, Col du Soulor, etc… It’s an amazing place, and I had to take full advantage of my three day stay.
It’s the onset of winter, late November, and most of the passes are closed for the season, but I was able to get in the four mentioned (minus the last 4k of Tourmalet) plus a few other smaller climbs too. Each day was exhausting. It was exactly what I needed. Being in a city, Paris, can really drain me, and one of the only things that really calms me down to jump on my bike and challenge myself physically. The views were amazing, and I found myself tearing up at times. Of course, that moisture froze to my face, so I had to pull myself together and push on.
This was easily one of the most rewarding trips I’ve taken to date. The bar is raised and I’m already brewing on the next move. It will most certainly be out of book.