Tourmalet open 16 May 2012

The Col du Tourmalet is now open.  So everyone wishing to visit the Pic du Midi and the Cirque de Gavarnie can do so without driving all the way around via Lourdes.

I accompanied a group of Australians up the Pic du Midi today.  A storm was brewing so visibility wasn’t perfect but we could still see from the Pic d’Aneto in the east to the Pic d’Anie in the west – 300kms of mountain chain stretching out in front of us.  It is always impressive.  As is the cable car ride.

The Tourmalet is entirely snow free – just one little section on the La Mongie side that the diggers needed to clear for the road to be opened.  Contador rode up yesterday, and today being a public holiday every man and his bike was out testing their legs in the spring sunshine.