And you thought you had it hard today. You don’t know anything. This is the Mur de Grammont. And it will break you.
It is a god damn wall.
Climbing the Muur of Geraardsbergen – Tour of Flanders
I knew it was a tough climb. Hell, we all know it’s a toughie. At only 16k from the finish of the Tour of Flanders, this is the spot to be for fan’s and those aiming for the Big Win. You had better be there, and you had better bring the wood. You’ve heard the phrase “in at the kill”? Well, this is the kill.
To see how mere mortals suffer… I’d need a mountain bike cassette on the back in my current condition. Or, lack thereof. The top pros go up that thing nearly twice as fast as their civilian counterparts. They are flying!
When you a video of that climb in a race, there are people all over the place, three and four deep along the side of the road. Pressed right up against the fence with hardly a space between them. Without the spectators you can see the relentless steepness of the grade through the comparison of the sidewalk and the level lines formed by the of houses. Those houses wall in the suffering . It is unreal in it’s simple brutality. It is a long, narrow corridor of Pain. Of Glory. Of Spring. It is the Mur de Grammont!
I have got to make it over the pond one of these years to see that shit first hand. Think I can bring a cobble back on the plane with me?by