Étape du Tour 2018, Annecy - Le Grand Bornand

Hey everybody.  I did it!  I made it to the end of this crazy race and covered the 169 km and nearly 4000 meters of vertical gain.  It wasn't pretty, I was slow, it took me over 10 hours, but I made it!  What an event.  The organization is very impressive.  The start was not as tight as I expected.  Close to 1000 riders per wave,  fifteen waves.  It has to be well run if you don't want to have big problems when you have that many riders. 

A few numbers:  12993 riders took the start.  More than 2000 of the 15000 registered didn't show up.  Of those that were at the starting line, almost one in five didn't finish.

Hydration: they had 85000 liters of water, 12000 liters of sparkling water, and 11000 liters of energy drinks.  Temperature hit 39 Celsius.  So I definitely drank my share of that.  Food was a little disappointing.  No nice french meal, no baguette, cheese or wine... ;-) just bars, cake, cookies, oranges and bananas.

I took my time and really paced myself. And it was still immensely hard.  There was a catégorie 4 col to start things out, then we had three catégorie 1, and one hors catégorie.  The organizers say it was the hardest étape since 1993.  The pros did this ride on July 17th in half my time!

The pain intense in the 20% bits of the Plateau des Glières climb.  So many riders walked those steep sections that I couldn't get by and had to walk too.  The last climb, the Col de la Colombière, if not that bad on it's own, is brutal after all the climbing of that day.  It seems like it will never end.  For the last few kilometers of that climb, it really is mind over matter.  But what a beautiful day.  Beautiful setting. Unforgettable experience.  

 

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Comment by James Eaton on July 26, 2018 at 4:18pm

Incredible!

Comment by chris andrews on July 27, 2018 at 12:34pm

congratulations Christian, but you must really like pain! going to stouffville will never be the same...

Comment by Harris Silver on July 27, 2018 at 2:16pm

What an awesome accomplishment!  Well done representing in the BCC kit as well!

Comment by Albert Nigro on July 27, 2018 at 2:24pm

Congratulations Christian!  Will Stouffville ever be the same?

Comment by DY on July 27, 2018 at 10:54pm

Awesome!  Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Timothy Ormond on July 30, 2018 at 10:52pm

Great work, Christian! Beautiful photos too. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Mark Bailey on August 3, 2018 at 9:59pm

Great pix Christian.   Were these taken by race organizers?  If so, how did you acces them? It was a great day and a great experience.

Comment by Dave Ogilvie on August 8, 2018 at 12:19pm

A bit late on this but congrats Christian- amazing work!!

Comment by Dave Adams on August 9, 2018 at 10:50am

Congratulations Christian,  quite the feat!

Comment by Jeff N on August 11, 2018 at 9:08pm

Wow, sounds like an amazing event! Congratulations!

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