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Stage 16 - TT on Alpe-D'Huez(14 posts)

Stage 16 - TT on Alpe-D'Huezgf99
Oct 23, 2003 5:10 AM
Sadistic, but should be great entertainment.
re: Complete sickness--RBR American cheering partyteoteoteo
Oct 23, 2003 5:27 AM
Hey boys and girls How about an American Cheering party on Alpe d'?

My friend is about to launch a fan site for the 2004 Tour that will be used to get people together and share advice. I'm pitching the idea to her to sponsor a viewing party. We'll pick a meeting point and get it staked out in advance. (yes I understand all the logistics involved--trust me)

I already have a few local sponsors in the works and maybe RBR will want in.

The race will be perfect for cheering because the TT will take a while to complete and the boys will be grinding one by one up the hill. I did the same thing in 2001 on the MTT stage from Grenoble to Chamrousse and it was a blast.
Where do I sign up? (nm)spluti
Oct 23, 2003 5:56 AM
Any idea of how many people will be on that mountain............Len J
Oct 23, 2003 6:03 AM
for a TT?

Last year, estimates were 450,000 people spread ove about 11 KM. And that was with a full stage. People reported that it took them 15+ hours to get down off the mountain & I believe that they shut the access up the night before. Be prepared for a 3 day stay with 500,000+ of your closest drunk friends.

Would be a kick to be there but you will see a better show on TV.

Unless your primary motivation is to party, then you'll be in the right place.

Lots of 'emteoteoteo
Oct 23, 2003 6:13 AM
Been on the Mountain the last 2 times it's finished there and it's indeed nuts but not quite as bad as that.

Just to add some perspective. This year we drove up Alpe D' at 7pm the night before and easily found parking about halfway up (we left food, water, etc in van). We rode our bikes back to our hotel in Les Deux Alpes. My friend drove the van back after the stage on Alpe d and it took him about 2.5 hours (it took me 1 hour less via bike). If you are at the top it's worse for sure but may shindig won't be at the top--too crazy and no shade.
Sounds like a kick...........Len J
Oct 23, 2003 6:28 AM
As much whining as I did in the post, I'd try to be there if I was anywhere in France at the time.

The real issue is, How can Gregg get you something that will be recognizable on OLN so we can see you on the mountain?

Time on my sideteoteoteo
Oct 23, 2003 6:37 AM
Luckily I have a Hotel in Les Deux Alpes that we can ship anything too--it is the same one the tour company I work for has used several times. I can also ship anything back to states from there. I have a few idea's locally and nationally on some people that want to do special t-shirts that we can ship over in advance as well. Just like the basque that hand out orange hats and shirts in the Pyrenees.

We'll deliver the goods up on the mountain a few days ahead and have someone (or me) stay with them. Then on race day hand the goodies out.
I'll repost when all is set...teoteoteo
Oct 23, 2003 6:14 AM
I'll repost when I have things nailed down more
re: Complete sickness--RBR American cheering partyWCC
Oct 23, 2003 6:18 AM
teoteoteo...dude, i looked for you on the Alpe this past year. Not sure why i couldnt find you.
re: We were on 13teoteoteo
Oct 23, 2003 6:45 AM
Some other friends planned some stuff higher up but they flaked out--I may have mentioned their party to you. I never got straight answer from them except that they changed their mind. After I couldn't find them I went down to 13 and hung out where my friend parked the van.

Anyway, If I follow this through I will have a set meeting point and a back-up spot...If this is my shindig I'll plan it and make it as simple as possible including pre-scouting the area and posting digital pics of meeting spots. Since I have friends that go over in May they can do some of the legwork.
re: We were on 13WCC
Oct 23, 2003 12:41 PM
Cool, i was just kidding. Finding anyone that days was like looking for the needle in a haystack.

Not sure what part of the tour we will catch this year, but if its this stage would like to hook up.
AWESOME!!!JS Haiku Shop
Oct 23, 2003 5:29 AM
1 TTT, 2 "flat" ITTs, one uphill TT (d'Huez!), plus Tourmalet and many other favorites. should be an entertainnig tour regardless of who's riding.

10th Stage (Saint-Flour):
col de Lestards (856 m), 7 km - 4.7%
col de Neronne (1442 m), 8.3 km - 3.5%
col du Pas de Peyrol (1589 m. Puy Mary), 5.5 km - 8%
Plomb du Cantal (1392 m), 8.2 km - 6%

12th Stage (La Mongie):
col d'Aspin (1489 m), 12.5 km - 6.3%
La Mongie (1696 m. avant le sommet du Tourmalet), 15 km - 5.7%

13th Stage (Plateau de Beille):
col des Ares (797 m), 9 km - 3.8%
col du Portet d'Aspet (1069 m), 10 km - 5.4%
col de la Core (1395 m), 14.5 km - 5.8%
col de Latrape (1110 m), 18 km - 3.3%
col d'Agnes (1580 m), 9.5 km - 8.4%
plateau de Beille (1747 m), 18.5 km - 6.4%

15th Stage (Villard-de-Lans):
col des Limouches (1086 m), 10.7 km - 6.4%
col de l'Echarasson (1146 m), 12 km - 7.4%
côtede Chalimont (1374 m): 10.3 km - 5.8%
Villard-de-Lans côte2000 (1172 m): 2.3 km - 6.6%

16th Stage (L'Alpe-d'Huez):
L'Alpe d'Huez (1860 m): 13.8 km - 7.9%

17th Stage (Le Grand Bornand):
col du Glandon (1924 m): 27 km - 4.5%
col de la Madeleine (2000 m): 19.5 km - 8%
col de Tamie (907 m): 9 km - 6%
col de la Forclaz (1157 m): 8.5 km - 8%
col de la Croix-Fry (1477 m): 12.5 km - 6.8%

18th Stage (Lons-le-Saunier):
col de la Faucille (1323 m): 11.5 km - 6.3%
côtede Lajoux (1198 m): 3.7 km - 5.4%
côtede Saint-Lupicin (628 m): 6.2 km - 3.9%
côtedes Crozets (846 m): 6.3 km - 3.7%
côte de Nogna (587 m): 2.2 km - 4.3%
re: Stage 16 - TT on Alpe-D'Huezchbarr
Oct 23, 2003 9:03 AM
Prediction #1: Trek will unveil a bike designed just for this stage. Since they seem to like to brag about the OCVL Carbon, it would make sense that an areo "ultralight" version of the TTT bike might be created. I know they got the Madone going this year that might qualify, but this stage just seems to scream for a secret weapon to be unveiled (then buy your own the following week). Shimano, Bontrager, and the rest might get into the act.

Prediction #2: This will be LA's last tour, especially if he wins. I suspect that the logistics of trying to be active with his kids given their situation will prove quite difficult.

Prediction #3: Hamilton will be more of a factor next year.
Prediction #4:AllUpHill
Oct 23, 2003 1:30 PM
... up until he fractures his femur and a few ribs while trying to put his kit on one morning.