Decoration in the roundabout to Meyruis
Over the last bridge to downtown Meyruis
...and a left turn onto the main street of downtown (start/finish for the race in The Rider, page 52, kilometer 67)
Yeti and rental Merckx, about to start my ride
Turn to The Rider, by Tim Krabbe, page 53 (kilometer 68) - the first climb on the route to Mont Aigoual
The forest, page 61, kilometer 72
Entering the Causse Noir, page 62, kilometer 74 - altitude in Meyruis was about 700 meters, so 300+ meters of climbing done...
More of the Causse Noir - take the road up to Lanuejols
Scenery here looks a lot like West Marin near Marshall, but it's a high plateau, lots of rolling faux flats
Through Lanuejols, still in the Causse Noir - fortunately, not much wind
Cresting the Causse Noir, and down the hill to Treves, at the bottom of the valley
The Rider, page 80, kilometer 84 - faux plat going down
Stay straight on the road down to Treves
Big gravel factory up ahead - more faux plat
Mixed bag of cows looking on.....
Looking out across the valley on the descent - gorge is huge here...
Down into the gorge, with BIG dropoffs on the right - The Rider, page 82
The road down to Treves is in the middle of the left side of the picture - valley is down below
Beehives on the hills above Treves
The long straight down to Treves - page 86, kilometer 89
At the bottom, at Treves, about to start the 15 kilometer climb up to Camprieu, then another 13 to Mont Aigoual
Head to the right...up up up...
Up to Camprieu...from 567 meters to 1591 meters - about 3300 feet of climbing in the next 25km (15 miles)
Cemetery on the right, leaving Treves
Hillside buildings on the left, opposite the cemetery
Leaving Treves for good...
Climbing out along the gorge, page 87, kilometer 90
Page 88, kilometer 91
Looking across the gorge
A bull, just walking along the road. We eyed each other warily as I went by...
Page 90, kilometer 92, take the high road
Looking down the gorge - maybe an abandoned train station down there
Page 94, kilometer 103, one kilometer to Camprieu!
Arriving at Camprieu - 10 km to go - page 95, kilometer 104
Camprieu looks a LOT like Tahoe - altitude 1100 meters
For a remote mountain community, a surprisingly large sports complex and soccer field
Stay on the D157 on up to Mont Aiguoual
Heading out of Camprieu, on up to Mont Aigoual to the right
The road out of Camprieu - page 96, kilometer 106
The fork in the road - up to the left - page 97, kilometer 107
The first part of the climb - 3km up to the Col de la Sereyrede - page 97
The summit of Mont Aigoual through the trees - not much to see, yet...
The Maison is at the start of the Col de la Sereyrede
Prat Peyrot is the ski area near the top...
Final approach up to Col de la Sereyrede
At the Maison de l'Aigoual - local products for sale inside, but didn't want to carry chevre the rest of the way...
At the Col de la Serreyrede - 1290 meters, going left (and up) - page 101, kilometer 109
Now up the Col de la Pra Peyrot
The view of Vallee de l'Herault (see explanation on next slide)
Kilometer 111 - back into the woods, for a short while
Almost at Pra Peyrot ski area
The old-school chairlifts at Pra Peyrot - page 104, kilometer 112
Must go left for more climbing...
Nice and clear, all the way up the Col de la Perjuret to the summit - page 105, kilometer 113
It is starting to get cold and windy though it's clear up here
Some traces of snow on Col de la Perjuret - maybe 5 degrees C out
Last stretch up to the summit
Turn right, one more kilometer to the summit- the race turns left, but we'll go to the very top, then come back here - page 111, kilometer 118
Final stretch to the top - big radio tower is at the very summit
Looking back down - this looks pretty desolate, but not compared to Mont Ventoux!
Final 0.5 km
Guy wires are huge = big winds up here
Just a bit more...
That is the fortress which is the summit
View of the valley below from the fortress
View from up on the fortress turret (panoramic next several shots)
Proof that I made it...1591 meters, 5099 feet, 48 km (30.2 miles) from the start
Weather station at the fortress
And now back down - the left direction is the way I came up, and the right is the way down...back to the race...
Now down the Col de la Perjuret descent, though it's more of a faux plat
This is the start of the downhill....
Final straightaway into Meyruis
Across this, then right....
...and across the bridge...
...and left onto this start/finish straightaway - race over!
...back to the car...
46.8m miles (74.9km), 4750 feet of climbing, 3:34 for my loop (and lots of stops)
...and a quick coffee before I head home...
Spot the Land Rover...