L’Etape du Tour 2014 Reconnaissance

It's that time of year again. Along with Cyclefilm we embark on another L'Etape du Tour reconnaissance project. This time we're heading to Hautacam...

Les Alpes, a Perspective

Read my thoughts after my epic 667km ride through the beautiful French Alps. Find out which climb I found the hardest and how I mentally came through my personal challenge, Les Alps.

Photography by Loris von Siebenthal and Deborah Malin.

Challenge Les Alpes, Tech & Support

Behind the scenes of my Les Alpes challenge.

Read about who's helping me and the equipment I'm going to use, the bike, groupset, wheels, nutrition, lights the lot with wonderful photography from Deborah Malin.

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2014 In Numbers:


22,419 miles


386,172m / 43.64 x Mount Everest

Moving Time

1305 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