There’s still time to join 8,500 of your closest cycling pals in tackling the 154km L’Etape du Tour 2008 from Pau to Hautacam on July 6, according to the folks at Sports Tours Cycling.
The route is the same pros will race on stage 10 of this year’s Tour de France.
According to Sports Tours, the stage is a classic Pyrenean mountain stage that includes the monumental climb of the Col du Tourmalet (17.7km at 7.5 percent gradient) before finishing on top of the Hautacam mountain, (14Km with an average ascent of 7.2 percent) which towers above the pilgrim city of Lourdes.
For many, this will be a chance to emulate Lance Armstrong who, in 2000, rode strongly on the Hautacam to catch Virenque, Escartin and Jimenez, before gaining the yellow jersey and wearing it all the way back to Paris for his second win; the stage that day was won by the spaniard, J. Otxoa Palacios.
For more information, visit http://www.sportingtours.co.uk/index.html?letour/etape.html main. Stay tuned to BikeRadar for a pre- and post-race report from veteran L’Etape racer, American Lindsay Crawford.