V versus Tourmalet

Velocity and friends tackle Tour giant

V versus Tourmalet

Velocity Magazine enjoyed its annual jaunt to take in some of Europe’s major cycling mountains this weekend, tucking Cols du Tourmalet and d’Aubisque badges into its collection.

An invited group of 12 V friends flew to Toulouse and then drove on to base camp Barèges, a fairly annoying one-third of the way up the 2115m Tourmalet, before tackling its full 19km extent on Saturday in sunny and hot conditions. And then riding back up the 7km to Barèges again in searing early afternoon heat.

After hearty celebrations and protein, on the Sunday a group took on the 1709m Col d’Aubisque and Col Soular in mercifully cooler temperatures, riding past stunning scenery and even a convocation (thanks, Google) of eagles at one point near the summit.

And then it was back for more recollections, a hike in the woods and tentative plans hatched for a trip to the Dolomites next year.

The group was: Tim Bell of Bell Phillips, Tom Dollard of PTE, James Felstead of Child Graddon Lewis, Toby Fox, co-owner and publisher of V, Timo Haedrich of Haptic Architects, Nick Hanmer of Club Peloton, Jenni Montgomery of Barton Willmore, Lucie Murray and Peter Murray of NLA, Matt Slade of Wembley Park, photographer Grant Smith and David Taylor, co-owner and editor of V.

The Tour de France passes through the area on Saturday July 20th. The riders set off in Tarbes on a 117.5km route that takes in the Col du Soulor before a final tootle up the Tourmalet. The Tour riders may even beat our times...