VN pod, Haute Route Pyrenees special: Stage 5

The Haute Route race director explains how he balances famous cols with lesser-known mountains and wrangles 800 volunteers.

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For Thursday’s stage 5 time trial, we’ve got a special interview with the Haute Route race director. He explains how he balances famous cols with lesser-known mountains. Plus we ask him about the difficulties involved in wrangling 800 volunteers throughout the French mountains.

What’s this special podcast mini-series all about? Spencer Powlison is off in France doing this seven-day sportive with his friend Matt Mollo. Along the way, they’ll discuss the history of these big climbs and the delicious wines of the region. Don’t worry, as a wine importer, Matt’s an expert on natural wines… Spencer will stick to cycling (and drinking the wine).

The Haute Route Pyrenees mini-series is sponsored by Topical Edge lotion. Go to for a free sample of a product that’s clinically proven to reduce lactic acid.

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