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How does the virtual Tourmalet compare to the real deal? Behind the Ride Pyrénées

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With spring in the air and the mountains calling, being in a current lockdown in the French Pyrénées has thrown quite the proverbial spanner in the works when it comes to actually riding these beautiful big peaks once again. Adjusting to a ‘new norm’ is quite the challenge, staying fit, motivated and, let’s be honest, sane when you’re not allowed to ride outside is a challenge in itself, so I’ve had to enlist the ol’ creative grey matter to come up with a few ways to stay on top of the game during these unprecedented times that we all face.

I’ve been dreaming of riding the Tourmalet again for quite some time, so I rigged up the Kickr and Kickr Climb, synced up the route and got after it, albeit this time in the virtual world, to see just how it compares to 19 kilometres of mountain greatness, AKA the real McCoy.

This was the first time I’ve followed a route on the trainer and I have to say that I was impressed by the result. Staying motivated when on the static bike is a mission in itself and anything that helps in that regard is welcomed with open arms.

I hope you enjoyed this ride and it may spark a little inspiration to help you through these testing times. What’s for sure is that the mountains aren’t going away any time soon, so with a little patience and perspective we’ll be exploring them again before we know it! And when that time comes if you’d like to enjoy them with myself and the team then check out The Col Collective Cycling Tours. For more help and advice sign up for our free mountain inspired newsletter.

Let this be a time of learning, a time of perspective and self development that we use as a positive to become a better version of ourselves, able to cope with and overcome adversity just like when we conquer and overcome the mountains, one pedal stroke at a time.

Stay healthy. Stay home.

Mike

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Kit used for this climb:

Wahoo Kickr

Wahoo Kickr Climb

Wahoo Elemnt Roam

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19km

Length of climb

711m

Start elevation

2115m

Summit elevation

1404m

Elevation gain

7.4%

Gradient (avg)

13%

Gradient (max)

34x32

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