Pic of the day: humongous hill repeats

Today’s pic is a view of the Bealach-na-Ba, a monster climb in Wester Ross that I have written about several times before. Although the pic is a standard view back down the valley, it is the accompanying text that I think provides more interest (see below).

A clubmate has been training for la Marmotte sportive in the alps and my jaw dropped slightly when I saw his latest facebook update:

Last minute preparation for the Alps. 5 ascents of Bealach-na-ba. 3 from Applecross, 2 from Tournapress; sea level to 640m each time and max gradient over 20%. Felt good; now having Pizza in Aviemore with the family. Excellent!

Once up the Bealach is more than enough for most people but five times in one day, back-to-back is something else. Chapeau to my clubmate Paul Harradine, who is a climbing beast and devours the toughest sportives around (e.g the Dave Lloyd Mega Challenge). He recently did the Dragon Ride on a heavy steel cyclocross bike, after his Lightspeed Ti frame gave out on him. I hope you’ve got something lighter for July!