Chris Froome crossing the line
The victory for Chris Froome over Juan José Cobo at the Vuelta today has to be one of the most dramatic and exciting finishes I’ve ever seen in a sporting event.
Mark Cavendish winning on the Champs-Elysees
What a great race this years Tour De France turned out to be, going right down to the wire on the penultimate days time trial with Cadel Evans putting in a storming effort to take the mailot jaune ahead of the Schleck brothers.
Col Du Galibier
I have to say that my ride in the 2011 Étape du Tour from Modane to Alpe D’Huez was a pretty epic experience, the atmosphere was great, the weather was pretty much perfect and the scenery absolutely stunning, but it nearly didn’t happen!
It’s always a good idea to check the weather before going on a long cycle ride, which is precisely what I did yesterday. Cloudy and 18 degrees Celsius for the next 8 hours seemed like pretty reasonable conditions to get a decent ride in, so I headed off into Kent to find some hills.
Aerial View around Yorks Hill
With my Étape du Tour ride up the Telegraph, Galibier and Alpe D’Huez just over 6 weeks away I’ve been trying to do as much structured training as possible.
View from Box Hill
It’s mid April which means it’s now twelve weeks until the day I’ll be donning way too much Lycra whilst attempting to beat the broom wagon cycling through 109km of French mountains from Modane to Alpe D’Huez as part of the Tour de France Étape.
Roehampton Gate, Ricmond Park
I finally managed a 100km road cycle on Saturday, taking in a few laps of Richmond Park along the ride.
I had planned to ride a 100km the previous weekend but the weather forecasters forgot to mention anything about rain, maybe it just arrived on a bastard plane from the land of Pissing It Down Completely Unannounced? Either way I was totally unprepared.
Traing route on Garmin Connect
Been doing a bit of training for the Étape later this year but nothing particularly planned, just getting some miles into the legs.
Mindful that I need to do some more structured training I thought I’d invest in a Tacx Sartori trainer and a Garmin Edge 800 computer, both of which I set up properly over the weekend.
Pylon in North Bondi
Set myself the challenge of cycling 500km over the week of Christmas whilst staying in Sydney after becoming inspired by the Rapha Festive 500 Cycle Challenge, and feeling the need to get some miles in as preparation for the Étape of the Tour de France I entered into.
Acte I Étape profile 2011
I’m getting myself into trouble is what, having signed up to participate in next years Étape du Tour between Modane Valfréjus and Alpe d’Huez.