The track was a mixture of stages in the Nocito-Boltaña-Laspuna area parts of the Pedals the Foc track and a little desert stage on the last day. First day around Nocito was really difficult, you get on your bike and from kilometer #2 you know it’s not going to be fun… Main reason was the 35C on the thermometer- coming from a mild 16C in Helsinki a bit of a shock. Untill day 3 we didn’t go higher than 1500m, each stage had 2 or 3 climbs and
we gathered between 1200 and 1500hm each day. Mainly jeep tracks but surprisingly enough a lot of forest roads and a daily bonus of 5 to 10 kms of genuine singletracks on walking paths. In short, a nice region suited perfectly well for (technical) mtb riding.
Between Bagergue and Vielha we had to climb all the way to 2450m and then descent back to 1000m over a walking
path… I wondered if our guide had mixed his biking and hiking maps as it took us 5hrs to cover 25kms… At the Refugio they seemed slightly surprised to see us coming from that direction – the fact that a mtb guide died there last year made us decide that although the views are astonishing this is maybe not the best track for biking. In Vielha we had a well deserved beer and concluded that this part of the Pyrenees, although not as popular as the French side, is worth the visit for some true mountainbiking. I’m pretty sure we will be back…