Unless 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!