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L'Etape du Tour 16th July 2017

By brian_perry - Posted on 21 July 2017

Dylan Berry

Dylan Berry writes:
"3 of us took part that I know of.
Rory West (RCC Member)
James Trahair (Sweden)
Dylan Berry (RCC Member)(RCC Jersey)
Weather was very kind to us. Nice and warm with minimal wind speeds. Although the heat would punish us towards the end once climbing Col de Izoard.

This years L’ETAPE consisted of 3 major Climbs. 
Km 60.0 - Côte des Demoiselles Coiffées 3.9 kilometre-long climb at 5.2% - category 3
Km 129.5 - Col de Vars (2 109 m) 9.3 kilometre-long climb at 7.5% - category 1
Km 179.5 - Col d'Izoard (2 360 m) 14.1 kilometre-long climb at 7.3% - category HC
This very same route is stage 18 of this year’s Tour De France. The Pros will be attempting this route this Thursday the 20th of July. They will have their hands full.
The scenery did not disappoint too. I have attached a few pictures.
Rory West 6:13:36. Incredible effort from him.
James Trahair 8:24:35.
Dylan Berry 7:59:39.
For who might be interested.
12,162 lucky riders started the 27th edition of L’Étape du Tour this morning. The 181 km race was held on roads closed to traffic and featured three climbs, including the infamous Izoard, the highest summit finish in the history of the event (2,360 m). The peloton was more than 12,000 riders strong, but only one could emerge victorious. Young Norwegian Jonas Abrahamsen claimed the men's race with a time of 5 h 15’26” (average speed of 34.43 km/h). The champion of the women’s race for the third consecutive year in a row was French rider Edwige Pitel, posting a time of 5 h 42’14” and with an average speed of 31.73 km/h.
Champions such as Péraud, Schleck, Hushovd and Roux also rode.

Overall the event was great. Organised well although it was chaos trying to find parking.
Till next year again. Who will take the leap and try next years L’ETAPE?
Lucy Partridge also rode on this day. She decided to tackle the infamous Alp d’huez.