On June 4, Swiss cyclist Patrick Seabase conquered five Pyrenees passes, 309 kilometers and more than 7611 meters in altitude on his fixed gear bike in a time of 12 hours and 54 minutes. Along the way he was supported by German ex-professional Danilo Hondo.
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Cycling Central

5 Jun 2015 - 2:39 PM  UPDATED 5 Jun 2015 - 2:44 PM

A homage to a legendary 1910 Tour de France stage, Seabase began his ride from Bagnères-de-Luchon through the Pyrenees to Bayonne under a full moon at 4am, first tackling the famed Col de Peyresourde.

"I felt as if somebody was pushing me up that mountain. After five kilometers with an moderate ascent, there were 12 kilometers with a gradient of 8 to 12 per cent," Seabase said. "Still, I made it up there better than I had expected, not least because Danilo Hondo kept on motivating me."

At sunrise, he conquered the Col d'Aspin before facing the ultimate test, the Col du Tourmalet. He then traversed the Col d'Aubisque and Col d’Osquich before the final homestretch to Bayonne in the Basque coast.

The former German cycling pro Danilo Hondo was with Seabase throught the journey. 

"From the beginning, I had to remind him to eat and drink enough, not to start out too fast, and finally I had to help him on during those dark moments by telling him that the next flat stretch was coming up and he would be able to recover," Hondo said.

The Swiss rider was happy to overcome doubt and the self imposed pressure he had placed ho himself ahead of the attempt.

"I really don’t know how I made it here.For the first time in my life I had doubts as to whether I was good enough, whether I would be able to achieve what I had planned," Seabase said.

"The Osquich was really getting me down. Afterwards, my legs felt as if somebody had been beating them with a cudgel.

"What did those pioneers that cycled this stage in 1910 do to themselves?"

"I am the kind of guy who likes reaching his goals. This has been the first time that I have announced an accomplishment beforehand, this has put me under additional pressure, and I am extremely glad that I have made it."