fbpx Etape du Tour Expert Tips: #1 – Hydration

The Big Six

You’ve ridden some local sportives in the UK. You’ve spent your work days in July glued to ITV Player watching the Tour. You’ve read all about the cobbles of Roubaix and the bergs of Flanders. Its time to pack your bike and ride the greatest roads in the world at one of Europe’s best sportives. Here is our guide to everything you need to know to ride your first sportive:

Number 5 in our series of sportives you have to ride in your lifetime is a gem on the Adriatic. Not widely known in the UK with only a few hundred Brits in attendance each year, this is one of the biggest events in the Italian amateur cycling calendar. Entries for the 2016 event sold out in record time – just 4 minutes! And this is not a small, local sportive. 13,000 riders take to the streets of Cesenatico every Continue Reading »

The 2017 Etape du Tour has a bit of everything. The start is overlooked by a UNESCO heritage site, there is a long flat section, a stunning Alpine lake to admire, a road cutting through a gorge and two massive HC climbs to get over. The route is 178km, by our reckoning we made it pretty close to 4,000m elevation. Briancon is a great base. Not only is it a picturesque town with plenty to do for non riders, but Continue Reading »

How to stay hydrated on the Etape du Tour As I’m sure you’re aware given you’ve signed up to ride it, this years L’Etape Du Tour follows the route of Stage 18 of the The Tour De France from Briançon to Col D’Izoard. It’s 178km with 2 huge climbs (the Col de Vars, 2,108m and Col D’Izoard, 2,360m) in the closing miles. In other words the route’s a bit of a b*stard. If you want to thrive on your way Continue Reading »