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Raid Pyrenees I

Post by Edgarini » Fri Jan 31, 2014 5:39 am

Phil "700km from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic climbing over 27 mountains including the legendary Pailhères, Tourmalet, Bales & Aubisque- every meter in Blue sky & filmed in the highest quality available..... A slightly shorter version is available for IOS...This is endurance training with a difference..."

Information Page - http://tacxreallifevideo.com/tacx-raid-pyrenees/


Online map https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=20 ... dg=feature

Huh....somewhat surprised there's not more buzz about Raid 1 being available at the shop. It really is a beautiful ride, and the start of an amazing series that shouldn't be missed. The Raid is a great complement to last years RdGA. 1 has about the same volume of riding as the RdGAs did, and 2 exceeds them. It's a lot greener and cozy w/ a more intimate feel: Rather than spending most of your time on above-treeline-alpine climb/decents, you weave through cool little villages often on backwater roads, occasionally topping out above treeline (2.5x on 1 and 5x on 2) to rewarding vistas, which just get more impressive as the route continues. This ride should not be missed. It's an apples vs. oranges call...but personally I enjoyed it even more than the RdGAs so far.

1 starts out with a beautiful grassy climb near the sea (La Madeloc), then settles into a relatively flat section across the marshlands mostly on back roads through small villages, finally crossing a small bridge, from where the real fun begins at the base of the Jau. This approach adds a lot to the overall "feel" of the ride IMO. The Jau, Pailheres, Chioula then await, ending w/a great backroad traverse and descent to the finish in Tarascon sur Ariege.

Cerbère - The Mediterranean Sea
1 Tour de Madeloc 335m 
2 Col de Jau 1506m
3 Col de Pailhères 2001m
4 Port de Lers 1517m
6 Col d’Agnes 1570m
7 Col de Latrape 1111m
8 Col de Catchaudégué 893m
9 Col de Portech 862m
10 Col de Portet d’Aspet 1069m
11 Col de Buret 599m
12 Col des Ares 797m
13 Port de Balès 1755m
14 Col de Peyresourde 1569m
15 Col d’Aspin 1489m
16 Col du Tourmalet 2115m
17 Col de Spandelles 1380m
18 Col du Soulor 1474m
19 Col d'Aubisque 1709m
20 Col de Marie Blanque 1035m
21 Col d'Ichere 695m
22 Col de Labays/Soudet 1540m
23 Cote Larrau 630m
24 Col de Bagargui 1327m
25 Col d'Ispeguy 672m
26 Puerto de Olsondo 491m
27 Col de Saint Ignace 177m
Hendaye - The Atlantic ocean
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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by SMC » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:48 pm

I ordered it as soon as it was available and received a message that it has been sent. Since I"m across the ocean it usually takes a couple of weeks and I can't wait!


I already have big plans for riding part 1 and hope part 2 is available soon.

Scott

PS: nice review!

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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by jimppa147 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:06 pm

We gonna do another group ride with this one? I'm in, who else is up for it?
Jim, Helsinki


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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by thebigoneinfront » Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:33 pm

Just ordered - Tourmalet download link and code arrived today, too - look forward to part 2. :D Not sure whether I could cope with a Raid group ride as I did with RDGA, but surely I would try!

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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by kasters » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:25 pm

Tacx Video Production wrote:Some more pics & map, going eventually add stuff to this site

http://tacxreallifevideo.com/raid-pyrenees-i-2013-fr/
http://tacxreallifevideo.com/raid-pyrenees-ii-2013-fr/
Phil for some reasons your link doesnot work anymore :(
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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by Tacx Video Production » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:33 pm

fixed, I moved the thing to another unused domain name i had floating about :wink:

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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by kasters » Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:50 pm

Thanks, yes it works :)
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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by Edgarini » Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:22 am

jimppa147 wrote:We gonna do another group ride with this one? I'm in, who else is up for it?
I'm definitely up for another go of it Jim!

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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by jimppa147 » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:24 pm

Edgarini wrote:
jimppa147 wrote:We gonna do another group ride with this one? I'm in, who else is up for it?
I'm definitely up for another go of it Jim!
That's the spirit!

Our third child was born on New Year's Eve, so I might struggle to find the time/energy, but I'm certainly willing to give it a go. Haven't ordered the disc yet, mind you, but if I order it tomorrow it might be with me reasonably soon.

Anybody else? Håkan? Doug? Phil? Mal? Gordo? Any other veterans of the 2013 RdGA extraordinaire?

Can anyone set up a Google map like we had last winter? Should we start a new thread to drum up some participation?
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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by dougleybourne » Sat Feb 01, 2014 11:53 pm

jimppa147 wrote:
Edgarini wrote:
jimppa147 wrote:We gonna do another group ride with this one? I'm in, who else is up for it?
I'm definitely up for another go of it Jim!
That's the spirit!

Our third child was born on New Year's Eve, so I might struggle to find the time/energy, but I'm certainly willing to give it a go. Haven't ordered the disc yet, mind you, but if I order it tomorrow it might be with me reasonably soon.

Anybody else? Håkan? Doug? Phil? Mal? Gordo? Any other veterans of the 2013 RdGA extraordinaire?

Can anyone set up a Google map like we had last winter? Should we start a new thread to drum up some participation?
Yep, count me in. Doug

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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by kasters » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:01 am

Do not have part I jet.
Just orderd the new Liege Bastogne Liege 2013 and Stelvio and Tourmale.
When those are all done then I hope to order part I :D
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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by SMC » Sun Feb 02, 2014 2:36 am

count me in for the group ride!


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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by Edgarini » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:56 am

jimppa147 wrote: Our third child was born on New Year's Eve, so I might struggle to find the time/energy, but I'm certainly willing to give it a go. Haven't ordered the disc yet, mind you, but if I order it tomorrow it might be with me reasonably soon.
Congrats Jim...that's one birthday that's going to be easy to remember!

Let's give it a week for those interested to get their disks. I'll look into setting up a group Google map ala what Martin set up for the RdGA.

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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by Tacx Video Production » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:48 am

Edgarini wrote: I'll look into setting up a group Google map ala what Martin set up for the RdGA.
I did try to say to Tacx about the great experience we all had last winter with the RDGA & how that map made it into something rather special, I even sent a direct link to the thread to the head of Tacx..I don't think they get it, they still see cycling as a game & perhaps forget that there are many different aspects to our wonderful sport. With this one being the concept of a group of friends cycling to a destination far away....Its a real virtual "Cycle Tour" :wink: The added factor of the being able to see the location of everyone else on the map creating the motivation.

One day someone will take this idea & run with it

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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by martin_vortex » Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:35 pm

In fact I hate climbing but due to the group pressure I ordered the two disks
BUT part 2 was already sold out (or was it still not available)...but coming soon ( :lol: or :evil: ?)
I thought of that while riding my bike.
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On the Theory of Relativity.

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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by Tacx Video Production » Sun Feb 02, 2014 3:32 pm

martin_vortex wrote:In fact I hate climbing but due to the group pressure I ordered the two disks
BUT part 2 was already sold out (or was it still not available)...but coming soon ( :lol: or :evil: ?)
Part 2 was finished at about the same time, I had to render part of it a bit smaller at the last minute as a 50GB BluRay actually means 43GB ...we found out the hard way. Luck I had already cut the Tourmalet from it as it would have ended up being DVD quality. Part one was just the right size by luck really! Anyway I dont think there will be much of a delay before part 2 is also available.

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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by Edgarini » Sun Feb 02, 2014 6:48 pm

martin_vortex wrote:In fact I hate climbing but due to the group pressure I ordered the two disks
BUT part 2 was already sold out (or was it still not available)...but coming soon ( :lol: or :evil: ?)
Martin, your the expert on this....could you possibly set up a map if I send you the gpx files (or would another format work better)?
Ed

PS....it's gonna take quite a bit of "group pressure" to get you through 2 then.....but oh the rewards!

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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by Håkan » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:46 pm

Hallo boys :) , nice to see you again for a new ride.
Offcourse I will join this ride :D thanks for the invitation :)
Have some trouble to order the BD at Tacx shop but hopefully it will be OK.
Looking forward to do the Port de Bales (Ride II), because last time I was there I had to walk a bit, because of cramp, Don´t think I ever have been so tired as i was when i finished in Loudenvielle :twisted:
Do you think we can enjoy some nice lokal Pyreenee wine...
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Re: Raid Pyrenees I

Post by Håkan » Sun Feb 02, 2014 8:08 pm

martin_vortex wrote:In fact I hate climbing but due to the group pressure I ordered the two disks
BUT part 2 was already sold out (or was it still not available)...but coming soon ( :lol: or :evil: ?)
Almost aggree with you but what a he.. some small hills shouldent be a problem :mrgreen:
Notice that last year, after the RDGA that my speed on the flat was really bad, but as soon we reach a small climb I love it, almost felt like resting 8)
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