This is the blog about a journey to undertake an Enduro Challenge across the Pyrenees to raise £7500 for Great Ormond Street Hospital and KidsCo, two children's charities very close to our hearts. I am a novice rider, never been off road and have a lot to learn! We set off from near Biarritz on the 7th September 2011 for 3 days and we will be on the bike about 10 hours each day, riding entirely off-road; challenging terrain and as far as I'm concerned a tad frightening too!
Monday, September 12, 2011
15 minutes in! GUEST POST FROM GARY
15 minutes in and I realised that Kate was going to find this trip very challenging if not impossible.
It was more challenging and more extreme than I had imagined. Not only was the going hard, but it was also long. Not like the short bursts of rocks over p'haps 10metres or so in trials but kilometres of it! The descents and climbs were much steeper than I expected; very, very steep.
Nearly 400km of harsh, hard and challenging terrain coveredover 3 days in 27 to 33 degrees heat.
The high point was getting up a huge, steep climb of c2km, covered in really tricky rock sections, strewn with boulders and up and down step sections!
Fantastic bunch of lads and stunning scenery, I'll definitely be going again.
Incidentally, had I done one of these trips before Kate, I would have told her to not attempt it!