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15FridaySEPTEMBER

Pyrenees - Cauterets

45 km  x7  x14
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A full complement of Corallians today, for our last day, although we all did variations of the ride.

The climb up to Cauterets is relatively benign, save for the hairpin stretch that routes around a massive land slip. Nick S, John and Andy shot off up the Cambasque, while the stragglers had a coffee. Nick D decided to lounge in the sun, so the remainder plodded up the Cambasque, meeting the original ascenders coming down.

We all had lunch al fresco in Cauterets, whereupon Barry, John, Andy and Nick S went up the Pont d'Espagne climb - pretty tough by all accounts. The descent back down to Soulor from Cauterets is awesome - a deep river gorge, with a perfectly-surfaced serpentine road, that was also perfectly dry. Big grins all around.

Nick S took the opportunity to add a trip up to Gavarnie, as clearly two tough climbs is not enough.

The forecast rain did make an appearance for the second group down, but nothing too bad.

A fantastic last day to our holiday - everyone can be proud of their efforts and achievements this week!