The Etape du Tour is justifiably up there as one of the most prestigious sportives in the world, taking in a stage of the Tour de France just a few days before the race tackles the same roads. The 2015 route was 138km with 4,400m of climbing but the 2016 route, despite being slightly longer at 146km, looks to have a fair bit less climbing at around 3,500m. But it isn’t all good news, the fearsome Col de Joux Plane, often touted as the hardest of the main cols in the Alps, is saved till the end with just the roller-coaster descent to Morzine to follow. More details on the four climbs of the day below.
Monthly Archives:: October 2015
Recently I heard a question on the excellent DC Rainmaker/TRS Triathlon podcast asking how realistic the Strava estimated powers are compared to those recorded by power meters. A bit of GPX hacking later and now we can check out a comparison using the new efforts page in VeloViewer.
Over recent years Monsal Hill Climb has become one of the cornerstones of the increasingly popular British hill climb calendar and in 2015 I was very proud to be able to help support the event via VeloViewer as well as compete for the 4th year running, this time alongside 6 others riding for team VV. Here are some pictures of the event that, once again, was the welcome recipient of some amazing weather. The event was won by Joe Clark and Lou Bates with Adam Kenway & Jack Pullar and Jessie Walker & Dame Sarah Storey completing the podiums.