So while riding my bike recently and eagerly looking forward to the Tour de France as usual, I got the crazy idea of trying to replicate the race myself as part of my training. For those who don't know, the Tour de France is the world's biggest, longest and toughest bicycle race that happens every July. Here are the details .......
Running from Saturday July 7th to Sunday July 29th 2007, the 94th Tour de France will be made up of a prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,550 kilometres.
These 20 stages have the following profiles:
11 flat stages
6 mountain stages
1 medium mountain stage
2 individual time-trial stages
Distinctive aspects of the race
3 mountain finishes
2 rest days
117 kilometres of individual time-trials (including the prologue)
21 Category 1, Category 2 and highest level passes will be climbed
So my idea is to replicate the stages from the Tour BUT to do 1/3 of the distance. So when they climb mountains so will I, when they sprint so will I and so on. I have had to tweak the schedule a touch due to work commitments, flights and bookings BUT in 25 days I will cover 571 miles with 4 rest days. I have no idea if this is easy or hard. The average daily mileage will be 30 miles and the longest only 48 miles BUT the intensity will be high and the regularity of riding will be high. It is also often in the high 90 degrees and over 100 too here right now in Colorado so tat will be a factor - oh, and I have to work too!
So here goes .......... watch out Lance!!!