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Les Veloistes Gentils 2011

May 9, 2011

Doesn’t time fly?

It barely seems a couple of months since Les Veloistes Gentils climbed Mont Ventoux and we’re just over a month from setting off on this year’s adventure.

I’ve had a fairly busy year, so early and ambitious plans to set off for Italy were shelved a while back and a more logistically-friendly return visit to the Alps has been planned. Five days again, starting in Geneva once again but with a finish on the Cote d’Azur in Antibes. Nice (no, Antibes).

The overall distance is actually shorter than in 2010 at about 625km to last year’s 725km. It isn’t going to be any easier though. Far from it in fact…I mean look at the profile below! Whereas our total vertical metres of climbing last year was a not unimpressive 11,000m, the mapping software is telling me that I’ve somehow managed to squeeze 18,000m uphill this year…

Looking at that, it’s pretty damn scary. There’s not a lot of flat is there?

The peaks from left to right are the Col de la Colombière, Megeve, Col du Télégraphe, Col du Galibier, Col d’Izoard, Col de Vars, Pra Loup (the climb to which in the 1975 Tour de France the career of the great Eddie Merckx faltered…brilliant video but very dodgy soundtrack here), Col de la Cayolle, Col de Valberg, Col de la Couillole, La Colmiane, Col de la Porte and the Col d’Eze.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. John Erikson permalink
    May 9, 2011 10:45 pm

    Good luck Veloistes! That profile looks like a real challenge. I’ll be thinking of you suffering up those climbs – slightly envious that I’m not there. J

  2. Beev permalink
    May 9, 2011 10:54 pm

    I’m writing to help distract myself from the tragic events of today. Seeing the drama unfold live on Eurosport today has left an image with me that i will carry forever.

    As usual, as we approach the trip i am a mix of excitement and nerves. Today i’m all nerves – once actually on my bike again i hope to be all excitement! Personally, I’m actually looking forward to Pra Loup more than just about any other part of the route. It’s a less well known climb, but not without masses of history as Pin has already reminded us – seeing that stage where Merckx was “dun over” – Thevenet, Gimondi, Zoetemelk & Van Impe all finished ahead of him – it’s worth remembering that he was actually also dun over the day before, but this time with the now infamous spectators punch.

    Anyway, all i can say is that our own adventure up Pra Loup will mark the end to a busy day for the LVG crew, as it follows the not unsubstantial bumps of Izoard & Vars….

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