21 Jun It’s Go Time!: Le Loop/ Tour de France Ride
I signed up to ride the ENTIRE Tour de France (yes, the ENTIRE Tour de France) a couple of years ago, but it was postponed due to Covid-19. It is finally happening, and I fly to Copenhagen tonight. I’m both excited and nervous. The 21 days of riding begins on Friday June 24, 2022.
I am doing this event with a British company called Le Loop. T Train cyclist, Carmen Wagemen, (recently profiled in this blog) completed this endeavour in 2019. Carmen is returning this year along with T Train rider Tim Gilbert who will tackle the first ten days of the Tour. I am so thrilled to be able to share this challenge these two amazing people. I will be cataloguing our adventure here on every Tuesday of the event but in the meantime, here are some “Fun Facts of the Tour de France 2022”:
*21 stages of riding with an average of 160kms/day with the shortest ride on Day 1 clocking in at 13kms and the longest day occurring on Day 6 at 220kms.
*Elevation gain is almost 48,000 m/ 157,000 feet!
*Day 5 includes 19.4 km of riding on cobble, described as “boneshaking farm roads”.
*Day 12 is 165 kms and over 15,000 feet of elevation gain.
*50 riders are signed up to do the Grand Loop (all stages), and another 50 riders are doing portions of the ride.
Vive La Tour! I’ll be in touch soon!
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