29.6.09

Col de Peyresourde

One of the most hard to climb mountains on your bicycle is the Peyresourde in the French Pyrenees, some people told me. Somehow that's always a big motivation for me to try out something. A couple of old cyclists told me the night before I've planned the trip terrifying stories of guys who didn't made it and had to stop on the so called "Field of Death", stranded just with the pass in sight. Well, as you can imagine, that aren't the stories you like to hear before what is supposed to be a nice ride through the countryside!
Anyway, I must admit I was a bit scared the more I reached the "Field of Death" only to find out it's a nice green field and I was almost whistling when I drove by. So far, so good. The climb turned out to be a long, but manageable one. Although I was a bit worn out when I reached the top. It's just a pity that this years edition of the Tour de France don't pass this pass...

7 comments:

Gavin Goo said...

Nice illustration. Love the linework.

Emila Yusof said...

wow! very nice work! love the details you put in!

Dream Painter said...

Very nice ink and watercolour wash!!

INDIGENE said...

Beautiful ink and wash!

http://krickelkrakel.wordpress.com/ said...

congratulations on your climbs and these really nice illustrations!

i’d love to do a classic climb of le tour or il giro one day.

all the best from the mainly flat lower saxony ;-)

mcverhoog said...

@krickelkrakel: it's also fun to ride on flat courses. Sometimes even better than climbing mountains! I too want to climb the Selvio one day. According to my neighbour the most beautifull pass he ever took.

Jim Moffitt said...

Great story and illustration. Thanks for the compliments on my blog. Bike on!