At the end of the month, our team of cyclists led by Mark Beaumont, will compete in a cycle race on the Alpine stages of the Tour de France.
The Trois Etapes is a three stage challenge that takes place over three days: Sunday July 29th to Tuesday July 31st 2012. This feat of endurance will push the team of three wounded servicemen to their mental and physical limits. Each day the team will cycle up to 109km while climbing up to 2,780m.
Stage 1 starts with a rolling peloton before the first timed, General Classification to Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Glandon. A controlled descent with a feed stop at Sainte-Colomban-des-Villards will return the peloton to valley floor. A final individually timed, GC, back to Orelle will end the day’s racing.
Totals: 105km with 1,270m of climbing
Stage 2 includes some of the most famous of all Alpine climbs: Col du Galibier and Alpe D’Huez. This stage replicates almost precisely the route of Stage 19 of the 2011 Tour de France.
Total: 25km with 1,110m of climbing
Stage 3 will see a final team time trial from Albertville to the summit of the Col de Madeleine. This will be followed by a controlled (non-timed, non-raced) descent and a final rolling peloton back into the hotel in Orelle. Riders who wish to may start earlier and take in the 75km flat section from Orelle to Albertville as a prelude to the day’s main riding.
Totals: 97km with 1,850m of climbing.