Breca Jersey Sprint 2017

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3:47:59 – 1st Mixed Pair, 4th overall
~ 14.5k run, 6.5k swim

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Cent Cols – Day 10

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118km, 5:47:17, 3,129m ascent, 4 cols, 100 done !!

We didn’t wake to rain but we did to low cloud. It was very nice weather to ride in as it was a little cold and a very slight drizzle as we rode as a nice calm group up the Hourquette d’Anzican. Like all of todays route I’ve ridden it numerous times and though we climbed 700m in about 17km it never quite feels like a climb. The 10 of us rode at a very comfortable pace two up rising in to the cloud. Ian was at the top with the sun almost coming through.

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Cent Cols – Day 9

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99km, 4:59:55, 3,163m ascent, 5 cols, 96 total

Ian and Julie had to leave early as the Col D’Aubisque was closed from 8am. We had to drop bags by 6:40am and they were off by 6:50. The rest of us had breakfast at 7:15 and even though it was a shorter day we had nothing better to do than get going.

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Cent Cols – Day 8

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136km, 6:37:43, 3,322m ascent, 16 cols, 91 cols total

We woke to pouring rain which matched Ian’s comment that they’d never done todays climb in clear weather. My local weather man, Marc had his own forecast and he’s never let me down. The rain would stop at 8:30am – our scheduled start time.

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Cent Cols – Day 7

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120km, 5:32:38, 2,602m ascent, 10 cols, 75 cols total

Most important things first. It’s the end of the week and the first time since 2011 I’ve contributed to my life to day weekly total hours Eddington number !! This week has been 47 hours – all biking.

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Cent Cols – Day 6

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175km, 7:45:13, 3,266m ascent, 11 cols, 65 cols total

We left Luscon at 8am in the lovely chilly air. The route went round the foothills of the Pyrenees to Heche and then Bagneres De Bigorre – a road I’ve ridden loads of times and know how lovely it is. I was feeling strong and since I knew the road thought I’d sit on the front and happily set a pace to keep the group together. If anyone wanted to go harder they could go through and everyone could decide whether to speed up but if they were happy I fully intended to sit on the front through to Heches (~ 30k).

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Cent Cols – Rest Day

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73km, 2:58:43, 508m ascent, zero cols

I enjoyed a wonderful 9 hours sleep before a leisurely breakfast and then a bit of pottering on my bike before heading out with Marc and Steve to collect Mel and ride to Luchon for lunch.

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Cent Cols – Day 5

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127km, 6:06:48, 3,176m ascent, 7 cols, 54 total

We woke to the forecast rain and as the light came up whilst waiting for breakfast we could see how low the cloud was. The early starters headed out in heavy rain but when we left at 8am it was just light drizzle.

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Cent Cols – Day 4

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155km, 6:45:48, 2,829m ascent, 12 cols, 47 total so far

The day started straight up the first climb of the day – Col du Chioula. We rode with the “Ozzie Coyotes” plus Scott, Rebecca and Peter. It was a great little group, riding friendly to keep everyone together. The Ozzies are superb to ride with, so considerate and sensible. They descend at a pace to keep the group together rather than going nuts and when they do a turn on the front they keep the effort the same thus keeping the group as one. They also all have bells on their bikes (the law in Oz) so after you do your turn as you drift back they all give a “ding ding” as a thank you. It’s really good for morale. I am going to get myself a bell for use back home.

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Cent Cols – Day 3

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216km, 9:14:20, 3,768m ascent, 21 cols, 35 total so far.

Breakfast was at 7:15am this morning as this was likely to be the longest day of the whole tour. Charlesy was already up and away leaving in the semi darkness so he could ride at his own pace. Another group left at 7:25 and then the rest of us at 8am. The plan being this would keep the group reasonably compressed on the road throughout the day.

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