Posts Tagged ‘etape’

Grit.

April 4, 2011

I Love Paris.

July 29, 2009

So I have not long been back from Paris and after sifting through what seems like thousands of photographs I have finally sorted out enough to post.

Now I could quite easily sit here and ramble on about how amazing it was to see all the pro riders whizzing by at speed and how excited I was to be a small part of Le grand finale but I will let my weak photographs do all of the rambling for me!

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View the whole set on Flickr.

Props to Joe.

July 7, 2009

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My homeboy and London cycling connection Joe is doing the Etape du Tour in a couple of weeks with a few boys from Rapha.

Big up yourself Joe this is an absolute mammoth task.

The Reconnaissance mission of the Etape took just over two days to complete… Joe and his crew have 8 hours! Vomitting anyone?

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The 2009 edition of the Etape du Tour is the most hotly anticipated to date. The coup de grace of this year’s event will be the Giant of Provence, Mont Ventoux. Featured 13 times in the Tour’s history, ‘Le Geant’ is infamously tough and one of the most respected mountains in Europe. Eddy Merckx needed oxygen on the col’s summit after his winning climb in 1970 and Tom Simpson pushed beyond physical boundaries in his attempt to conquer this extinct volcano.

This epic ascent, however, will be a fitting climax to what will be a glorious and memorable day on the sunny roads of Provence. The route takes in exquisite Provencal scenery and whilst there will be suffering, it should be the ride of a lifetime.

Words taken from ‘The Elusive Prize’ at Rapha.


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