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Tonight Stage 4 of the "Transpyr Coast to Coast Pyrenean Stage Race" finishes in Ainsa.

 

The riders have another 3 stages to ride before they finish in Hondarribia on Saturday evening.

 

The race stats for a week of riding are impressive - 1035km, with 21385m of climbing and descending (The race starts at the finishes at sea level - just two different "seas"!)

 

There are two versions of the race - an MTB version and a Road version.

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Back in May I guided a guy from Zaragoza for a few days. He had such a good time that we're now friends and last week he came back for some more guiding.

 

Repeat customers / referrals from happy customers are important when you're starting out with any business, and when it's a service like this that is very personalised, even more so. 

 

Rodneys request this visit was for a XC ride plus he wanted to see some abandoned villages - there are lots of them here in the mountains. I put together a 50km XC ride with just over 1000m of climbing/descending. 

 

We had a good time - he knew he'd ridden in the mountains by the end of it - and I'm sure he'll be back for some more :-)

 

We started our ride on the outskirts of the Village of Janovas.

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Janovas actually straddles the Greenwich Mean Line.

 

This means that on one side of the village you are in the Eastern Hemisphere of the world and on the other you are in the Western Hemisphere. If I started walking North from Janovas I would pass through Greenwich in London.

 

The line in Greenwich represents the historic Prime Meridian of the World - Longitude 0º. Every place on Earth was measured in terms of its distance east or west from this line. The line itself divided the eastern and western hemispheres of the Earth - just as the Equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres.

 

I point this out to anyone I take to Janovas because I think it's very cool :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

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Janovas sits on the river Ara - one of out two big local rivers. The river is fed from the mountains so a lots of the water in it is melted snow. Lovely in the summer but a bit cold right now - although there were people paddling!

 

 

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Guiding with Jose Luis Sustatxa from the Basque Country.

This photo was taken at the exit of Route ZZ-018, above the swim spot that "Wendy" & I use in the summer  :-)

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..... and finally took in a view of the Pyrenees mountains from Guaso, where our Build Project is.

 

It was a great evening and I enjoyed it!

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Riding with mi amigo Jose Luis Sustatxa on the trails around Boltaña and Guaso.

 

I showed Jose our build project up in Guaso and he loved the tranquility of the place :-)

 

 

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"Inspired by le Tour" . . . last night I put on my racing kit and did a flying lap around one of my fav  little loops.

 

22km and 360m climbing in an hour and twenty mins - stopping at the Plaza up in the Old Town for a nice cold water bottle fill up. I started at 8pm and the average temperature for the ride was 27.4 C....

 

Route:

 

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