The first Eat Sleep Cycle tour rolled out of Girona heading towards the Pyrenees and the Atlantic coast. One word- Epic. The 6 riders were: Peter Gaskill, Benny Cassidy, David Conroy, David, Corinne & Tristan Cardew. The guides were: Lee, Lou & Brian. The adventure was unforgettable.
Trans Pyrenees: Day 1
And we’re off! Eat Sleep Cycle’s first bike adventure took to the road today. Six intrepid riders set off in style from La Fabrica in Girona, to cover 650km to Biarritz over 6 days. The catch? The route will take them straight over the Pyrenees, taking in classic climbs such as the Tourmalet, Peyresourde & the Aubisque.
Every day the cycling-photographer-aussie legend that is Tristan Cardew will capture the journey on camera. Here’s his take on Stage 1.
- 1,600 meters
Stage 2: Ripoll to Sort
Just wow. We’re in Sort after a mega ride from Ripoll. The day started with an epic climb up to the Collada de Toses, and finished with an epic descent from the Port del Cantó to a riverside camping ground.
Here’s Tristan’s 1 min glimpse of the glory:
- Ripoll – Alp – Sort
- 157 km
- 3,160 m climbing
- 2 x mountain passes
Stage 3: Sort to Luchon
With (ever so slightly) weary legs our intrepid six have made it to the pretty little town of Bagnéres-de-Luchon (yes, the place where Froomey won his stage of Le Tour this year). Whilst some opted to eat ice-cream and recover from the days exertions up the Port de la Bonaigua and the Col du Portillon, others took themselves up the Superbagnéres, including our camera man Tristan:
- 105 km (or 145 km with the Superbagnéres!)
- 2,275 m (or 3,475 m for the nutters)
- 2 (or 3!) mountain passes
Stage 4: The Queen Stage
A truly epic day in the saddle with ascents of the Col du Peyrsourde, Col de Val Louron Azet, Col de Aspin & the mighty Col du Tourmalet. It’s no surprise that the biggest days in the saddle offer the biggest rewards. Tristan captures 1 min of a 7 hour day:
- Bagnerés-du-Luchon – Arrens-Marsous
- 146 km
- 4, 300 m
- 4 x mountain passes
Stage 5: Into Pais Vasco
Today began with a nasty sore-leg-wake-up-call courtesy of the beautiful Col d’Aubisque. The route took us up to 1,700 m before dropping down a stunning descent. Rolling country lanes for the rest of the ride made a refreshing change from all the mountains. Cold beers & an al fresco pasta feast in Arette was the riders’ reward.
- 94 km
- 2,400 m climbing
- 1 x mountain col
Stage 6: The Atlantic Coast
An emotional day spinning through the Basque country, finishing with a champagne arrival and dip in the sea at Biarritz. It’s been epic. It’s been mega. Here’s Tristan’s last video from the trip – thank you all!!
- 116 km
- 1,500 m of climbing
- 1 x dip in the sea
Girona-Biarritz, a summary:
- 6 riders
- 6 day’s
- 650 km
- 16,000 m climbing
- 11 x mountain cols (we should make that 16!?)
- 1 x very tired and happy Eat Sleep Cycle team
This is an account of the first Eat Sleep Cycle Trans Pyrenees crossing – a ride that goes down in Eat Sleep Cycle legend. Thanks to those brave riders who signed up to the tour! This tour has evolved into our Trans Pyrenees Challenge tour – still a 6 day ride, still epic, and you’re invited.