I have just completed the Transpyr coast to coast mountain bike stage race across the Spanish Pyrenees. The numbers (7 days, 775km distance, 18,000m altitude) only tell a fraction of the story!
It didn’t start in an ideal way. My original partner got 14 stitches in his knee the week before so I was going at it solo from the start. Luckily I met loads of great people out there so was never short of company!
Some way into the first stage as the afternoon heat increased it became apparent that for me this event would be about finishing.
Throughout the week temperatures soared into the mid-40s and siestas were required on some stages; I’ve never before had to drink as much and get off my bike like that as these 7 days.
There was a lot of road and forest road but when you’re racing it’s amazing how quickly these surfaces become appealing means of traversing the terrain. There were some fantastic technical trails mixed into the route at points. It was a fantastic race, many thanks to the organisers for realising this event.
No pictures other than these unfortunately, but there’s a few on the Transpyr site to get a flavour of it.
In other news, as I have found myself guiding so much road biking I thought I would add a section on the site to reflect this service I offer!