Anyone else in?
> etape eryri?
Etape du Dales, the clue's in his name
hey, can you send me the link (or post). I've been trying all morning and can't find a registration form, it just keeps sending me to the tour operators page.
> Etape du Dales, the clue's in his name
EdD entries open after christmas, so doubt it.
It was just a jokey reply to tobykeep as the OP is "yorkshireman"
I've never understood why they all have the title. An etape is a 'stage' in a multi-stage event, and since these other rides are one-offs, and to my knowledge not part of a larger event, they're technically not etapes.
Anyway pedantry aside, since today is the long-awaited registration day, and the Etape du Tour is a fairly well known event, plus I was at work and didn't have time for a long post, I was hoping people get the gist :)
A fair few UKCers did last year's event (including me) so wondered how many were up for another dose of suffering (although it looks tamer this year).
> It was just a jokey reply to tobykeep as the OP is "yorkshireman"
A Yorkshireman that lives in the Alps though :)
Long time since I've seen a 'dale'
Only one this year - I think there were a few no-shows last year so that might be why they've cut it back.
I'm quite glad they've made the etape an 'easier' one, since there needs to be a balance between challenge and enjoyment. After all, we're not pros and we do this for fun.
Hmm - I did Acte 2 this year and really enjoyed the challenge.
Wish I'd put more effort in over the Tourmalet, though - I should have been faster.
We're looking elsewhere due to it being rather "easy" next year...
Hope you have fun on this years episode. Not sure if I will get over to the continent this year but will keep my fingers crossed I can do something.
> Only one this year - I think there were a few no-shows last year so that might be why they've cut it back.
And they keep putting it on the same weekend as the Marmotte - what do they expect.
Anyway. Have fun - I bet it's harder than it looks on paper.
I did guess, but really the Etape Eryri is the only one to be seen at!
No, but I've just entered the Etape de Caledonia
Not doing it this time around.
The boys and i have a 6 day alpine horror fest planned instead, including doing Alp D'Huez twice, as per the Tour. works out around 5,000m of climbing a day.
I can't wait
<skulks off to fake his own death>>
Respect. Make sure you invest in a decent pair of shorts!
I'm just a punter when it comes to cycling, so my goal is just to get through the stage and have fun, and not die.
Me too. You're so gonna die Rubbishy!!
I will indeed die, and I will be hoping Santa has been to Assos this year....
correction - it is now 5 days and this is the itinerary put together by my mate John
Sat 13th July - DAY 1 - Beaufort, Albertville, Col de la Madeleine, St Michel de Maurienne, Col de Telegraph, OVERNIGHT in Valloire (133km)
Mon 14th July - DAY 2 - Valloire, Col de Galibier, Briancon, Col de Izoard, Guillestre, Embrun, OVERNIGHT in Gap (163km)
Tues 15th July - DAY 3 - Tour de France Stage 18 Gap to Alpe d'Huez to Alpe d'Huez (yes - you climb the mythical 21 hairpins twice which means passing our hotel and knowing you have 50km further and another ascent of the Alp to go!!!!!) OVERNIGHT in AdH or Bd'O dependent on availability (168km)
Wed 16th July DAY 4 - Tour de France Stage 19 - Bourg d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand (my Birthday!!). This is going to be one tough day after the 42 hairpins of AdH! OVERNIGHT in Grand Bornand. (204km)
Thurs 17th July - Day 5 - Le Grand Bornand, Col des Aravis, Col des Saisies OVERNIGHT Beaufort. A short day but still with two cols which after my b'day celebrations could be tough! (53.3km)
Yip yer gonna die!
On the ADH stage the Col d'Ornon is not to be sniffed at - hope you get a tail wind. We did it in September and on the false flat on the lower slopes we were doing 8kmh :-((
I intend to head out to your's prior for a training camp prior.
You can pretend to be Shane Sutton and poke me in the gut with a stick, while telling me I'm a fat foocker.
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