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2002 tour640
Jan 7, 2002 2:11 PM
I looking for someone whom has traveled to watch the tour, I'm planning a trip this summer and would like so helpful tips on places to stay, money, goal is to concentrate on the mtn. stages. I will be taking my bike as well so any suggestions on traveling with a bike, pls lemme know. thanks
Additional Questionshms
Jan 7, 2002 3:21 PM
I also am thinking about viewing part of the Tour this summer. Based on an earlier post, I have been surfing the web for information about L'Etape du Tour -- the event where the rest of us can ride a stage of the Tour. L'Etape is on Monday, July 22, and it covers Stage 17 -- Aime to Cluses. I would be interested in comments from anyone who has done L'Etape in the past. Also, I would be interested in any comments anyone has on the route of this year's event.

I did two fairly hilly centuries last fall (the Baltimore Bicycle Club's Civil War Century and the Savage Century from Newark, Delaware). I was not too fast (approx 7.5 hours for each), but I also had no major problems. But, Stage 17, at least on paper, looks VERY difficult. Do you think that a 43 year old recreational rider can do it? What type of training would you suggest?
Additional Questionshinaults dog
Jan 7, 2002 3:53 PM
i have ridden an etape(2000) and am hoping to do so
again this year. detail this years
route and also describes previous events.
it looks hard this year but no hc's means it should be
'do-able'. the centuries would be helpful for preperation
but try to get some serious climbing pratice in.
some uk companies do packages-
Doesn't look too badmr_spin
Jan 7, 2002 4:37 PM
Stage 17 - July 25: Aime-Cluses, 141 km
Cormet de Roselend (1968 m): 19.4 km at 5.8 %
Col des Saisies (1650 m): 15.3 km at 6 %
Col des Aravis (1498 m): 11.7 km at 4.9 %
Col de la Colombière (1618 m): 11.8 km at 5.6 %

This stage doesn't look that bad on paper, but the profile looks nasty! Those are long climbs, but not too steep considering. And it's only 141K, which is less than 90 miles. The Death Ride is much harder.

The question is: do you want to simply survive this ride, or finish it and still be able to celebrate afterwards? If the latter, here is the program I use to train for the Death Ride.

First, don't worry so much about the climbing. Saddle time is the crucial element. You will probably be riding for at least 10 hours, so you will really suffer if your longest training ride was only four hours, even if it had lots of hills. Build your mileage up gradually, but by May you should be doing at least a seven hour ride every weekend. Where I live, you can't ride for seven hours without tackling some big hills, so I work on saddle time and get the climbing for free!

To ride strong for seven hours or more, you will have to discover what to eat and drink during the ride, what to eat the night before, etc. Experiment. You will likely bonk at some point, but that's good too--now you know what doesn't work. Eventually, it will all become routine.

Get a couple of 30s in during the week. On the weekend day you aren't doing a long ride, do a mountain bike ride. MTB is great for climbing, overall strength, and fat-burning, assuming you have some decent hills to climb. Trade one of your 30s for an MTB ride if you like.

Follow this program and by July you should be doing 100 mile rides with ease, and you will breeze through L'Etape. Seriously. No, it's not easy, and I live in California, so the weather is usually cooperative. But follow this program and you will be in great shape to take on just about anything. And you won't conk out on the couch at 7:30pm that night!
Jan 7, 2002 6:59 PM
So far this is great info. I can't wait. I'm planning on doing some racing in Spain before the mtn. stages of tdf. Then will try to hook up others on some of the mtn. courses. Big smiles. I live in colorado, so if anyone reads this in the area...lemme me know.
Doesn't look too badhinaults dog
Jan 8, 2002 4:33 AM
what is the death ride?
Doesn't look too badmr_spin
Jan 8, 2002 7:52 AM
An epic ride in the Sierra Nevada mountains south of Lake Tahoe. Five mountain passes, 125 miles, about 16,000 feet of climbing. Check out
Doesn't look too badhinaults dog
Jan 8, 2002 10:49 AM
that looks like a fun day out
thanks john