Etape du Tour 2019

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Ed F
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Re: Etape du Tour 2019

Postby Ed F » Tue Jul 23, 2019 12:55 pm

I finished in 5 hrs 53 mins, 322 overall and 15th in my age category (49 - 54). However, I found the climb to VT much more gruelling than I was expecting and really suffered in the last half hour. As the average gradient was only 5%, I assumed despite the length it would be a relatively easy spin compared to others. But that average was misleading, and the final 8k or so were really quite hard, and the final km just cruel. In terms of the scenery, I also thought it was a let down compared to other climbs in the Three Valleys.

But, in spite of all that, it was an epic day on the bike, and part of a really amazing five days cycling in the area. I am looking forward to the Tour going up the newly paved cycle path to the top of the Col de la Loze (from either the Meribel side or the Courchevel side) next year.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2019

Postby Def Defyr » Tue Jul 23, 2019 16:52 pm

darthmaul40 wrote:
Def Defyr wrote:
Dorset Boy wrote:6 hr 21 for me, 781st overall. Happy!

Chapeau !

I blew up around St. Martin and was hors limite. But it was a great experience and now I know that you can't train for these kinds of climbs in a flat area. At least I can't


The wheels also came off for me at just after St Martin. I did manage to finish in 8hrs 10 mins but I suffered terribly for the last 10 kms walking and stopping etc. I even went into a petrol station to get some coke to give a bit more energy. I need to do much better on my hydration strategy.

I did really enjoy it up to St Martin and I made it to Moutier in around 4 hours. I thought the Roseland was amazing and the crowds were wonderful.

I would definitely like to do another one in a few years.


I made it to Moutiers in 4.5 hours, which was my goal but I think I pushed it too hard on the "secret" part of the Longefoy climb. I started going way too far into the red and was pedaling squares in the last few kms to St. Martin and knew that I wasn't going to be able to ride the last 10k up to VT. No shame, heard that 3k out of 13k starters were over time. Funny tho, I felt fine around 7 pm and went for a recovery spin...would love to try again.

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Dorset Boy
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Re: Etape du Tour 2019

Postby Dorset Boy » Tue Jul 23, 2019 17:29 pm

Only 10,300 finishers, so a pretty hefty attrition rate.

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Shoulder of Lamb
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Re: Etape du Tour 2019

Postby Shoulder of Lamb » Wed Jul 24, 2019 09:43 am

Crikey - some pretty impressive times here... Chapeau to all who took part.

I managed about 7h30 which I was relatively pleased with until I had look at this thread. Also found the final climb tough but for me it was the lower part I found difficult in the baking sun. I had climbed it a few days earlier but it was a different story with 100km in the legs and a few degrees hotter. I took 10-15mins and some sustenance at St Martin and got to the top OK - bar that last bit which I was not at all expecting, tried a sprint finish but went way too early and almost had a cardiac arrest on the line.

Will be interesting to see how the pros handle it although they will have opposite weather apparently (max 12C!).

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Re: Etape du Tour 2019

Postby stapes789 » Sat Jul 27, 2019 10:50 am

Has anyone found a list/spreadsheet of all results rather than a list of 100 people at a time? Would be interesting to have full visibility of all starters, non-finishers, age groups etc to filter through.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2019

Postby sherer » Mon Jul 29, 2019 12:52 pm

Dorset Boy wrote:Only 10,300 finishers, so a pretty hefty attrition rate.


think a lot of those finishers were also outside the official cut off time. If everyone had started in pen 15 there would be a lot more missing out.

I was pen 10 but got caught by the wagon at the bottom of VT. Got there at 1600 and they had closed the road off by then. Took the bus up to the top as we were staying part way up. The official bus then took 4 hours 30 mins to get to the top of the climb. At that speed I might have been able to make it up quicker on the bike.

Need more training for next year I think

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Re: Etape du Tour 2019

Postby pat_h » Mon Jul 29, 2019 13:12 pm

Some great times here, chapeau!
My tube disintegrated on the Notre Dame Pré descent. Lost me a good hour as my spare wouldn't inflate inside the tyre, got a spare tube off a fellow competitor (Thanks Steve).
Was on for a sub 7 until that happened. Legs were remarkably fresh, the lost hour took the wind out of my sails so I cruised up VT and finished in over 8 1/2 hours total, 7'15" moving so a bit disappointed with that.
Found the heat ok, we'd been over since the Wednesday so I'd 5000 metres in the legs by Sunday. Lovely Etape though, stunning scenery. Not sure I'll do another unless they go back to the Pyrenees or Ventoux.

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Re: Etape du Tour 2019

Postby Alejandrosdog » Mon Jul 29, 2019 18:36 pm

Dorset Boy wrote:6 hr 21 for me, 781st overall. Happy!

Quality ride!

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Re: Etape du Tour 2019

Postby Dorset Boy » Tue Jul 30, 2019 14:16 pm

Alejandrosdog wrote:
Dorset Boy wrote:6 hr 21 for me, 781st overall. Happy!

Quality ride!


Thank you though my position has been amended to 785th now :( ! The Dorset hills paid off! :D
If I descended like a loon :shock: (well that's unfair as 'up front' they are excellent descenders! :D ) I'd have been close to top 500 as my climbing was 516th fastest. Not bad for a 50+er, even if I say so my self! :wink: :wink:


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