On July 11th, I will line up next to 6,000 other cyclists in Modane, France for l’Etape du Tour. This amateur event gives the rest of us an opportunity to ride a stage of the Tour de France just days before the PROs.
The route will take us over three monumental climbs: Col du Telégraphe, Col du Galibier, and Alpe d’Huez. This same route will be used as this year’s Tour de France Stage 19.
I was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to ride most of this route last July, so thanks to the power of Strava* not only will I be “competing” against the other amateur cyclists, but I’ll also be competing against my own best times up these three massive climbs.
I’ve increased my training substantially this year, so I’m hoping for some solid personal records. Here’s my ride from last year for comparison:
* Disclosure: I’m employed at Strava.