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When a friend emailed a group of us in December 2014 asking who was up for riding in L’Etape du Tour, I thought yes...what a great opportunity to tick-off one of my bucket list.
A month or so later when the route was published the enormity of the challenge hit me. We were to cycle stage 19 of the 2015 Tour de France...a 142km mountain stage over five summits, climbing a total elevation of 4500m, or equivalent to half the height of Everest.
Now, I'm a keen cyclist but at that point I didn't know a Specialised from a Pinarello, let alone my ‘chainset’ or the weight of wheels. A new level of MAMIL small talk was to open up over the first team dinner.
My first training ride was on 2 January and I came off my bike on an icy corner. This did not bode well. In the end I settled into a nice routine of a long ride every weekend and the...Read more from this release