The Results of Others

logo_ET1Unless your short-term memory is suffering (who can blame you in this heat), you’ll remember that 3 of my friends raced the Etape du Tour this past Sunday. This is a short post to follow up on them, plus chuck a few others that I neglected into the mix.

First, a few facts about the Etape du Tour 2013:

  • Distance – 130 km
  • Number of categorized climbs – 5
  • Number of hors categorie climbs – 1 (at the end, of course)
  • Elevation gained – around 3600 meters
  • Number of starters – 11,475
  • Number of finishers – 10,624
  • Number of ambulances spotted by my various friends – 6

Erik: He of little training but massive potential didn’t disappoint once again. He finished in 652nd place. Wow.

Anne: I have happily been involved in some of Anne’s epic mountain training this year, so I was particularly stoked to see this: 5220th place (cracking the top half). Felicitations!

Pierre: Pierre had a rough day on the road and says he is right now determining ‘what went wrong’. I have heard rumors of ‘bonking’, ‘cramping’ and ‘overheating’, but these remain unconfirmed. Still, he improved on last year’s result: 7766th place. See you next year, Pierre!

Julian: Haute Route teammate, Julian, was also at Annecy for the start on Sunday. He did his team proud: 3222nd place.

Rob: Coach didn’t race in Europe on Sunday. He was partaking in the Axel Merckx Gran Fondo in British Colombia. Rob, unsurprisingly, smashed last year’s time by 23 minutes. He finished 126th out of 1336 (I think).

Congratulations to you all, and ‘thank you’ for setting the bar all that much higher for me come Haute Route time…oh the pressure!

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7 thoughts on “The Results of Others

  1. Ohhhh …. the pressure! And now a question, posed by a non-racer to a racer. I ask this because of your byline: “A man searches for meaning…in between leg shavings.” My question was inspired by recent photos of Sagan in the TDF. Why, if legs are shaved, are not heads, faces, perhaps arms?

    Congrats to all! And especially (of course, coming from me) to Anne for breaking into the top half. Bet not too many women cyclists can say that…bet not too many even took part … Chapeau!

    • First, thanks for calling me a ‘racer’, Suze! Unfortunately I don’t really know the answer to your question. I guess heads don’t matter because of helmets, and I’m not convinced that those guys aren’t actually shaving their arms. I think we need to take a closer look on Tuesday, when the Tour starts back up!

      • Hi Rob,

        Actually I have … fabulous look, but I couldn’t think of a funny and discreet way to bring you into my comment. As far as Gerry’s suggestion of closer looks goes, I confess to, umm, checking out men’s legs during the twice-weekly club rides here… to get statistics on shaving 🙂

  2. Congrats to all (not so much to Pierre though)…although he did challenge himself and that in itself should be applauded, but I think ALL of us that have raced have had ‘a bad day in the mountains’ and there are two options we faced after that: 1. buy a pack of Marlboro and call it a career or 2. take a few days rest and start the damn hill repeats again in a bigger gear. (Why do I think I’ll see Pierre on the road next year?)
    and to Rob…not bad for an old man…but it’s fantastic for a 21 year old…CONGRATS!

  3. The TEAM is shaping up very nicely….they have picked up the pace very well…..WTGééé and good luck…

  4. Thanks Gerry et. all for the kudos. A few comments for anyone that is interested.

    This years stage was not quite as tough as last year, but it did do it’s best to break us nonetheless. Starting from the first pen (where Gerry would’ve been had he raced) was a bit nerve racking and exciting all at once. The first 10Kms were flat along Lake Annecy and we averaged someplace in the mid 40Kms/hour. I got in early and managed to be among the first 50 riders across the start line; the guy that came in 2nd place was just behind me in the pen.

    The first 65Kms went incredibly fast with four small climbs bunched together and I was lulled into a fall sense of security that the race was nearly done. From there it was uphill for a ‘gentle’ 16Km category 1 climb. Once we were over this climb we had a nice smooth descent of about 17Kms before it started to roll up and down a bit – trending down the entire time.

    From there (with 117Km done) we were treated to a beast of a climb – Semnoz. The first and last 4Kms were the toughest (which means that nearly half of the ride was ‘the toughest’). The first Km of the climb was pure evil with pitches that seemed to be at plus 12%. The only thing that got me through the first Km of the climb was the fact that the road was lined with hundreds of supporters cheering us on. Once guy yelled out in French that the beginning was the hardest – this saved me.

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