Just days after the Tour de France climbed through the Pyrenees, hobby cyclists raced 350 kilometers over three days on some of the same hors catégorie climbs at The Campilaro Pyrenees.
From a staging base in Lourdes, the racers took on six of the largest cols in the Pyrenees – Tourmalet, Spandelles, l’Aubisque, Soulor, Couraduque and Hautacam – totaling a massive 8500 meters of vertical gain.
The first stage Lourdes-Loucrup was a 131km route with 3150m of positive elevation gain, mainly climbing the Tourmalet pass. The second, 127km and +2800m between Lourdes and Col de Spandelles, followed the same route as the 18th stage of the Tour de France – climbing Col de l’Aubisque, going up the short and steep Col du Soulor, before attacking Col de Spandelles. Stage three, 87km, connected Lourdes and Hautacam with over 2500m of climbing, by way of the Couraduque pass.
After all the climbing was done (descending was neutral), the Spaniard Marco Rodero Prada emerged victorious on the summit of the final climb, Hautacam. He won with a overall time of 7:54:52 and finished first or second on every climb. Thomas Lematrie of France was second in 8:01:22 and Emmanuel Hollebeke was third in 8:04:17.
Marion Salobert-Valette won for the women with a time of 10:04:29, followed by Charlie Vinet and Sarah Dutouron.
Compete Campilaro Pyrenees results HERE.