At 2.5 kilometers from the top Col d’Ausbisque via Col du Soulor is a plaque on the left in memory of the Dutchman Wim van Est. He was the first Dutchman to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour of France, but slipped in the descent of the Col d’Ausbisque wearing the yellow jersey. He fell 70 meters, survived, but did lose the yellow jersey that day. He he had to be pulled back on the road with 40 tied up racing tires. Footage on his rescue showed up for the first time in 1992. The Global Cycling Network mentioned him in a video, as one of the toughest riders of all times.
The Gotthard Pass (2.091m) is maybe one of the most spectacular climbs in cycling. A main road continues over the pass, but don’t make the mistake of following the road traffic because you will miss one of the most astonishing sections of road in Europe. At the foot of the...View item
Pico de Veleta (3.395m) is the highest paved road in Europe. This is a road in the Spanish Sierra Neveda that finishes at the summit, basically a climb to nowhere, a one-way journey of suffering. You will gain 2.600 meters of elevation, which is more than twice the ascent of...View item