Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bergs, Cols, Passos, Sierras, Altos and Picos...

After our seven months Grand Tour of Europe, I find myself back in Australia. It is nice to be back and I can't wait to get back on my bike.

My last ride was in Spain, over two weeks ago and although we have been slowing down since we got to Portugal, my legs seem to be feeling the effects of non-riding and are now holding protests with massive cramps in the middle of the night. Work that one out...

Anyway, I did my last ride on the 24th, the stunning Jaizkbel, when the kilometre count went over 9,000 with more than 150,000 m of climbing. It was not a bad thing to slow things down while I am trying to work out what to do next.

To illustrate what this Tour was about, here is a list of the climbs we planned to do and some that we found on the way. But I must say, there are so many more around the place that many times during our trip we talked about changing our plans and extending our stay to be able to ride more of them... me a cycling-gourmand.

Germany Hutberg, Wiesenweg, Friedrich G. Keller, Patrovillenweg, Hainbundstrase 23, Reinhauser Landstrase 997

Belgium Le Feuille, Kapelleberg, Koppenberg, Rue Belle Vue, Rue du Frene, Mur de Huy, Col du Maquisard, Mont-Theux, Cote de La Redoute

Holland Cauberg, Schweiberg

Switzerland Oberalppass

Italy Ghisallo da Bellagio, Colma di Sormano, Via Bernardo Gaggini, Portofino Hill, Ruta da Rapallo, Via Della Cinque Terre, Pumpino, Montecatini, Campo Imperatore, Passo Lanciano, Blockhaus, Monte Grappa Da Romano, Croce d'Aune, Passo di Fedaia (Marmolada), Passo Pordoi, Passo Campolongo, Passo Sella, Passo di Gardena, Limone "Hausberg" sul Garda, Passo Campiano, Passo Stelvio, Passo Gavia, Mortirolo, Cipressa, Poggio

France Struthof, Ballon d'Alsace, Col de Bussang, Col de Hundsruck, Grand Ballon, Route Joffre, Col de La Madone, Col de Fontaille, Col du Buisson, Col du Faux, Col de Lalouvesc, Col de Juvenet, Col du Marchand, Col d'Allos, Col de Cayolle, Col des Champs, Col de La Bonette, Col d'Izoard, Alpe d'Huez, Col de La Madaleine, Col du Glandon, Col de Croix Fer, La Toussuire, Col du Mollard, Col de Chaussy, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier, Col du Granier, Col de La Cruix Fry, Col des Aravis, Col de La Colombiere, Col de St Jean de Sixt, Col du Buisson, Mount Ventoux, Col de La Gineste, Col de Pailheres, Col du Chioula, Montee de Bonascre, Plateau de Beille, Port de Lers, Col de Paguere, Col de Peyresourde, Peyregudes, Col d'Aspin, Col de Val Louron-Azet, Hourquette d'Ancizan, Col du Tourmalet, Col de Labays, Col de Marie-Blanque, Col de Lie, Col de Ichere, Col du Soulour, Col du Albisque

Spain Aisa, Hoz de Jaca, Portalet, Capdella, Coll de Serra Seca, Coll de Jou, Puerto de Navacerrada, La Bola del Mundo, Pena Negra, Piedrahita, La Covatilla, Alto d'Angliru, Lagos Covadonga, Urkiola, Kampazar, Karabieta, Alto Ixua, Alto Arrate, Jaizkibel

Portugal Castelo de Trevin, Nossa Senhora da Graca

Cheers everyone and thanks Groover, you were the best!

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