- Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
The route this years goes through many Camino towns, it starts in Irun on 20 October
Yes, especially the route from Oloron/Ste. Marie where there is access to the Col de Tourmalet. I don't think the pilgrims pose an issue like massive crowds do to the race but having tried to traverse Ponferrada during a bike race, it can be a total pain in the behind with police redirecting you so far from your route that you end up walking in circles.There will be few people in arrivals and mountain passes because it is recommended not to go there. A bit sad.
Yes, and also Aubisque and Portalet.I wish they have a good weather.Thanks Don and Sabine,
Yes, so many well-known northern Spanish camino towns this time. But secretly I'm most excited about stage 6 when they'll nip over the border and take on the mighty Tourmalet....
Though Indurain could be considered "ethnically" as Basque, he is from Navarra not from the Basque country.The 1996 Vuelta was "Big Mig" Indurian last professional race. Climbed down of his bike about stage 13 and later went into retirement. One of the greatest riders ever and from the Basque country. Hometown Villava near Pamplona and on the camino. Close to Trinidad de Arre--one of my favorite alberques.
We took a taxi from the train station in Pamplona to SJPDP. Our driver was astounded when I spoke of Indurain. He, and many Basque men look very similar to Indurain: tall, dark and lanky. It was a fun ride except he drove like a racer and I started to feel carsick. I would not have been able to handle the same drive on the bus. I would’ve tossed my cookies.The 1996 Vuelta was "Big Mig" Indurian last professional race. Climbed down of his bike about stage 13 and later went into retirement. One of the greatest riders ever and from the Basque country. Hometown Villava near Pamplona and on the camino. Close to Trinidad de Arre--one of my favorite alberques.
That was definitely a sight you'll probably only see on the Vuelta! It's disappointing they won't get to climb Tourmalet but I'm excited to be able to see them go up to their quickly arranged substitute at Formigal. (Or rather, I would be if our US broadcast would show more scenery. Grrrrrr.)Sadly no Tourmalet now. But what has made my week was the leading group's encounter with a family of rather plump wild ponies on a forest road descent. Not sure who was most startled
Stage 2 of the Vuelta a Espana saw an unexpected addition to a group of pursuers when riders had to engage in evasive manoeuvres to avoid some wild ponies.www.eurosport.co.uk