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Join Date: Aug 2005
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I've gone down the Col De Aubsique (where Wim Van Est crashed out of the Tour) which is pretty comparable to the Tormalet, as well as otherr HC climbs such the Galibier, Ventoux, and the Izoard.
Down the Izoard, I was chasing an Italian amateur racer. We were above 80kph. I don't think I would gone quite that fast if I didn't have his line to follow.
The year I did L'etape, I was careful coming down the Aubisque given the Van Est history, and the dramatic dropoff in places. My approach was to be conservative in turns I couldn't see the exit, and bomb it as long as I could see the exit of the turn. I also tended to favor the uphill side of the road.
The competitive drive also kicks in. So I went faster than I really wanted to in order to start rolling up other riders, and assemble a group to work with on the flats after the descent.
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.