The Quebrantahuesos means “bone crusher” in Spanish and it is an appropriate name for the cyclosportive that test riders on the soaring cols of the Pyrenees. The weather was finally with the rider's this year for the 200km and 3,400m total climbing. Only a few days before the event, the town of Sabiñánigo was deluged with rain and temperatures no higher than 15c. Fortunately for us, we spent the day in the sunshine with temperatures reaching the mid 20s; a perfect day for riding. There were 200 safety personnel plus 31 ambulances in conjunction with over 130 units of traffic police making this their safest event to date.
The start of the race was signaled with a firework. We rode straight onto the main motorway, free of cars, towards the town of Jaca and up towards the first climb Puerto de Somport.
Even at the early hours of the day there were a good amount of people out cheering the riders. The scenery this year was particularly green and beautiful due to the large amount of water fallen, putting the reservoirs at their highest levels. On the 3rd and largest climb, Le Portalet, the snow was still lingering at 1,700m which for this time in June is very unusual.
The event organization was impeccable; unfortunately the same cannot be said about the riders on the field. There were numerous situations of individuals littering without regard to the environment, hopefully we can help make a cleaner event next year and protect this beautiful part of the world.