The Etape du Tour is just around the corner. So with tapering of training efforts in mind to give legs every chance to fully recover the weekend saw the last big training effort, the Fred Whitton Challenge. The Fred Whitton is a circuit of the Lakes that takes in all of the major mountain passes – over 180km of riding with around 3700m of climbing. Tough! Perhaps a little tougher than the Etape in some ways due to the extreme nature of some of the climbing. Hardknott Pass in particular is epic, and being near the end of the ride ones legs are already knackered. So again a little like the Etape which, in 2017, finishes with a 32km (albeit less severely steep) climb to the Col d’Izoard.
Series - l'Etape du Tour
- l’Etape du Tour Training Finally Starts…
- l’Etape du Tour Route
- l’Etape du Tour Training Progress
- Scorchio through the Trough of Bowland and on up Kingsdale and down Dentdale
- Last long training ride … the Fred Whitton Challenge de Staveley
- l’Etape du Tour 2017