February 8, 2008 - 5.0
One of my best biking roads as I live close by (Chateau de Mauvezin)...and rode my usual circuit (Mauvezin, Bagneres de Bigorre, Col DAspin, Arreau, Barthes de Nestes, Mauvezin)yesterday at 3.00 pm as full sunshine and 20c however.....half way from Payolle on the climb towards the Col DAspin, just coming out of a 180 degree bend with commited trajectory and fairly cranked over, front end lets go and bike slides 20 metres up hill. A car driver Id just overtaken stops and helps me pick up the bike, ensures Im OK....just some bruising, and goes on his way. I then discover the banjo connected to the front brake master cylinder is leaking fluid and I have no brakes! Luckily Id just charged my mobile phone before leaving and contacted my insurance company for recovery. Recovery arrived........8.15 pm, dark, cold, quiet and quite spooky being stuck on your own with no traffic! As you can imagine, having 5 hours wait, I inspected the scene of the accident....gravel in the centre of my lane probably washed down by rain so beware, not only of gravel but other car drivers cutting their corners. Right, Im off now to assess the bike damage at the Peugoet garage in Bagneres de Bigorre, 25 kms away!