Gloves in the Pyrenees this August

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by dragon72, 30 Jun 2008.

  1. dragon72

    dragon72 Veteran

    Mexico City
    Do I take a risk and go fingerless? Or will I regret it on some of the descents? We're talking mid-August. I'm planning heights such as the Tourmalet and Aubisque cols.
    I'm asking because I once descended fingerless from Lautaret to La Grave in France in early July and it took 45 mins to get feeling back in my gelated digits after a cold descent. But that was the only time I needed fingered gloves on the whole of a trip that included umpteen 1,000m+ cols.
    Est-ce que je prends le risque?
  2. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant


    We did some of the lower Alpine passes in May and some of the descents were freezing even with long gloves on. They weigh prends pas le risque...
  3. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Warm hands are a cyclists best friend! :tongue:

    Take them!
  4. OP

    dragon72 Veteran

    Mexico City
    Les gants longs, alors!
    Long goves it is, then!
  5. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    You'll be singing 'Je ne regrette rien' down the Tourmalet
  6. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    Normally you will be just fine, but the weather at 1500m and above can vary from hour to hour. You can survive 0deg on the body for quite a while, but not on the hands. You don't need full winter gloves, just something to keep the wind off for half an hour. I use a pair of thin running gloves over my mitts.
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