The Ancient Historian

Ancient history, mountaineering, cycling and other outside adventures

Climbing mountains

Tour de Suisse 2011Watching the Tour de Suisse this past week reminds me why I love mountains so much. The backdrop of the Alps as the mountain goats go screaming up hill is really spectacular. And the Alps really makes this race, as it does the Tour de France, although I have to confess that I love the Pyrenees more. The are not as high, but they are steeper climbs on average. Click HERE for a great site to have  to compare mountain cols in Europe,  While they are great to look at, mountains are a suffer fest, on local roads as well as watching the pros go through it. Funny enough, I am no climber. A power to weight ratio thing. It is very interesting to me how mountains play out differently in many ways on the bike as opposed to climbing them on foot, or on rope. Either way, I never get tired of the views. As usual, Graham Watson Photos ( like the above) are things of beauty.

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