I am pretty sure I will not sign up for this event, but I have to admit that the idea of doing it is really attractive – where ‘idea’ is divorced from ‘reality’, of course.
The attraction lies in the fact that this giant loop of 333 km runs through 3 countries (France, Switzerland and Italy). I’ve been up there too many times to think you’ll get views of Mont Blanc, but that would be a bonus if the weather decided to cooperate. It’s also a massive challenge, but that goes without saying – at 8300 meters of climbing, it’s tantalizingly close to an ‘Everest’.
One thing I don’t see is the cut-off time. You start at 5 am and there is an amusingly-timed pasta party at 4 pm, meaning if you want first dibs on the food you have to ride this monstrosity at a 30 kph pace. Cute. I would guess that most mortals will be 20 kph or less, especially given the number of breaks you’ll need on a huge day like this. A midnight finish would be 17 kph, which seems about right to me.
Anyway, I’m definitely not interested. Probably.
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Go Gerry! It crossed my mind a few years ago, so maybe one day, who knows…
Don’t you think next year should be the year for you? You’ll be in shape for it after CCC!
Change of plans unfortunately : shoulder injury due to too much climbing
Oh, that’s too bad. Will it take a long while to heal?
Anne, I’m coming back to the TMB idea. Might sign up soon. FYI!
Go for it Gerry. I like to feel your pain.
That makes one of us, Luc. You could join me. It’s just down the road!
333km! I’d want a long weekend to do this and a personal physio.
I think that’s extra 😉
I’m sure it is!
Something related could be the
238km with 5500 m
That looks like a good one. We’ll actually be staying near the southern extremity of it next September. Interested?
Man, that’s BIG. Wow.