Antton is a pro photographer and also a cycle guide; he takes
real delight in finding new roads. Haimar is a Basque native; and
has been climbing and descending on these roads for 25 years.
The last time I saw them we did the epic Luchon-Bayonne 1 day
ride which is 315km and 6000m in a day; it took us 13 hours and it
remains one of the hardest and most rewarding rides I've ever
Riding with these two is fun; they like to smash each other
whenever they can, you can be climbing for 20 minutes, then descend
onto a valley floor and expect a recovery. But with Antton in
particular he will immediately crank it back up and suddenly you
are doing 'through and off' at 50kph.
I wanted to go back to San Sebastián for a multitude of reasons;
I love the place, to meet the guys again, and lastly to see if my
current test bike (the Cervélo S5) can hang as a climbing bike.
It's been amazing so far on flat and rolling roads; but this trip
to the Basque Country was something else altogether!