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There’s no denying it, I have quite a fascination (or could that be obsession?) with the mountains. Each has its own unique challenge and charm that evolves and unfolds before your eyes whilst you […]

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The high mountains are a mysterious and unpredictable place offering a moment of escapism to experience life amidst a journey of new and unknown limits. Somehow, after riding non stop across the Pyrenees in […]

L’Etape du Tour 2014 Recon

As I clamber aboard an impossibly early flight, settle into my seat and buckle up in preparation for departure a feeling of uncertainty flows from the tips of my toes, surging through my body […]

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2014 In Numbers – Up To October:

Distance

20,709 miles

Elevation

364,274m / 41 x Mount Everest

Moving Time

1194 hours
Life’s as unpredictable as the weather, that’s why we should never be afraid to ride in the rain.
The important thing is to replicate the amount of time you will be spending in the saddle. If you plan to ride the Etape in six hours, get at least one six-hour ride in over the next couple of weekends.
From my experience, recovery doesn’t start the moment you step off the bike and head inside. It’s a continual process that should be taken into consideration throughout the day.
Mike Cotty, The Recovery Cycle