Site News and final VeloNomad Reader Trip Reports: Matt C UK, Robbie/Sarah, Will W
This is the final instalment in the 2011 reader trip reports from France. I got some great feedback and reports as well as some good content ideas (David J, Sean M, Mario, John C)
I'll have something in place soon to make it easy for you to submit your own trip reports. Thanks to everyone who sent their reports in!
Over the course of the next few weeks, I'll have a couple more product reviews then will be taking a break for a few weeks, whilst I move from Melbourne to our new sprawling 10 acre estate (that's a joke!) up in the Byron hinterland.
Whilst I move, we should see the 2012 Tour de France and Etape itineraries released, so I'll be dissecting those, and providing an Etape 2012 ebook and a bunch of resources for those heading to France and the EU in 2012.
Matt C, UK
This year was my first Etape and I followed your training programme included in the guide. I live in Bedfordshire in the UK and it is really, really flat and your training programme was a success as it got me through without being eliminated.
I found the Alpe D'Huez climb brutal and had to take a few breaks after hairpin 13. I had climbed the Telegraph and Galibier without stopping, but the heat killed me on the D'Huez climb, which was a shame as I wanted to go no stop on all three climbs.
Hope you have a safe journey home.
Just thought I would shoot you an email to say thanks for your ebook
and general tips, was really handy for the etape.
I saw your time, quick! I did it in an extra hour, but I took the
descent really really slow, probably lost over 40mins as I had not
done it before and wanted to take it safe. There were some shocking
accidents so I am glad I did.
Really happy with the day and my overall ride, I overtook about 4000
people on the climbs and did Alpert D'Huez in 1.22, which I was happy
If you are planning on watching any of the alps stages and are near
valloire feel free to give me a bell.
You can check out their site here.
Sorry I have just seen your email. Yes I have read your site and it is a fantastic help. At the minute we are using Bourg as our base. I am off to Le Grave on Tuesday where I join a group of Kiwi cyclists. From there we are climbing lots of cols and watching the last couple of climbs of the tour.
I have attached my blog if you are interested.
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