Thursday, 5 July 2012

Cycling the Tour's 'Circle of Death'

I may not be joining the likes of Wiggins and Cavendish to cycle the iconic mountains of this year's Tour de France, but my cycle clothing brand of choice, Rapha, are offering UK-bound cyclists such as me the chance to experience - even if vicariously - one of the infamous stages of La Grande Boucle - the 'Circle of Death'.

This stage, to be ridden on July 18th, includes some of the classic Pyreneen Tour climbs, including the Col d’Aubisque (1,709m), Col du Tourmalet (2,114m), Col d’Aspin (1,489m) and Col de Peyresourde (1,569m.

It's a total of 6,881m of climbing - that's 22,575 feet or 3/4 of the way up Everest (from sea level, not Base Camp)! The challenge - they're calling it 'Rapha Rising', appropriately enough - is to climb the elevation of the 'Circle of Death' between July 15-22.

Sadly my local area doesn't have many climbs of that magnitude, and work is hectic, so I'm going to have to replicate it by climbing the same tiddly hills again and again - numbers to be confirmed.

Will update with how I get on...!


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