Etape – Modane to L’Alpe d’Huez – 11 July 2011

It’s a sight to behold, 9,500 riders penned up waiting for the starters gun to unleash them onto the Tour de France route, pitting themselves against the pros for a day. Four years ago my view was from the last pen, watching the riders ahead moving through the start gates like sand in an eggContinue reading “Etape – Modane to L’Alpe d’Huez – 11 July 2011”

How to plan to ride an Etape

It seemed like a great idea at the time, don’t they all. Arriving home to a freshly delivered email offering the chance to enter the Etape online at a discounted rate, not one stage but two this year. Dexterity, sorry ambidexterity reigned and I entered both “Acts” at the discounted rate for the first 3,000Continue reading “How to plan to ride an Etape”

Stage 21 Giro Cake – Milan TT: 30km

Weather: dry, sunny, warm Breakfast: 8am, but woke up at 6am, grrr Transfer: 2 hour transfer Ride time: a few hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: the end of an epic tour Lows: not enough cherries PAULO SHARPONI award: Andy for his support to Gary How does one sum upContinue reading “Stage 21 Giro Cake – Milan TT: 30km”

Stage 20 Mountaintop Views – Verbania to Sestriere: 249km

Weather: dry, sunny, warm Breakfast: 6:00am, muesli Transfer: hour transfer Ride time: a few hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: the end of an epic tour Lows: none PAULO SHARPONI award: Gary for his Popovich attack on the final climb Today’s ride was the last massive stage in was hasContinue reading “Stage 20 Mountaintop Views – Verbania to Sestriere: 249km”

Stage 19 Tortoises and Hares – Bergamo to Macugnana: 211km

Weather: dry, buckets of water, more buckets of water, overcast Breakfast: 6:00am, muesli Transfer: hour transfer Ride time: a few hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: Incredible final climb with a million waterfalls Lows: wet, wet, wet PAULO SHARPONI award: Gary for his Popovich attack on the final climb Today’sContinue reading “Stage 19 Tortoises and Hares – Bergamo to Macugnana: 211km”

Stage 18 Giro Fever – Morbegno to San Pellegrino: 149km

Weather: overcast but mostly dry Breakfast: 7:30am, cornflakes, rolls, cheese, ham and cake Transfer: a half hour transfer to the start Ride time: 7.5 hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: Everything about this ride Lows: no navigational deviations PAULO SHARPONI award: Pasqelino our brilliant mechanic It seems quite odd toContinue reading “Stage 18 Giro Fever – Morbegno to San Pellegrino: 149km”

Stage 17 When the Pros complain – Feltre to Sondrio: 246km

Weather: Sunny, wet, sunny, wet, wet, wet, wet. Breakfast: 4:30am, 2 rolls Transfer: 2 hour transfer to the start Ride time: a few hours only Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: More incredible views Lows: 5 hours sleep PAULO SHARPONI award: Pitsy for getting back on the bike When we wereContinue reading “Stage 17 When the Pros complain – Feltre to Sondrio: 246km”

Stage 15 The Queen Stage – Conegliano to Gardeccia: 230km

Weather: Warm and dry. Breakfast: 6:30am, muesli, rolls and anything else I could stuff in Transfer: no transfer, ride out from the hotel Ride time: 13 hours Visits to Dr Death: 0 Visits to Soigner: 0 Highs: The Cima Coppi Lows: the Cima Coppi PAULO SHARPONI award: oops I’ve lost track, sorry! 6,500 meters ofContinue reading “Stage 15 The Queen Stage – Conegliano to Gardeccia: 230km”