pan y agua
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
Stage 16 will likely decide the TDF, being the last mountain top finish.
The Marie Blanque is hard. There's a section of 13%.
And the Aubisque is one of the true epic climbs in TDF history.
The average grade listed for the Aubisque is deceptive, the lower portions are pretty tame, but it kicks up considerably after that. It's up there with L'Alpe de Heuz, the Galibier etc.
I road the portion up the Marie Blaque and across the Aubisque in the 2005 L' Etape so I'm deifinitely looking forward to Stage 16.
And give a prize to anyone who shows up dressed as Wim van Est.