Tour De France Blog - By Gerard O'Connor

Stage 20 Marseille TT 22km

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TOUR DE FRANCE An amateur should think long and hard before attempting one of these stages, 2 would probably necessitate a visit to a doctor, 3 would require a psychiatrist – anymore and you should…

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Stage 12 Pau to Peregudus 222km Welcome to the Pyrenees

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Today was always going to be a real test, with a combination of mountainess climbs and a distance of over 130miles. The first 60 miles were fairly uneventful as we skirted around the foothills of…

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After the Event…. 3 weeks on

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Well I’ve been back 3 weeks from the tour and have ridden just the once for an hour on my bike…. a rest through choice rather than necessity. I felt a little weary the first…

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Stage 21 …Cruise into Paris

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Well I’ve just completed every single stage and every single inch of the 2017 TDF…. what an amazing feeling and sense of pride. A mere 60 mile ride into Paris punctuated with stops at Versailles…

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Stage 20 Marseille TT 22km

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TOUR DE FRANCE An amateur should think long and hard before attempting one of these stages, 2 would probably necessitate a visit to a doctor, 3 would require a psychiatrist – anymore and you should…

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Embrun to Salons la Provence 233km … Longest stage on the tour

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All the riders wanted to do was survive and get through this stage. At 233km (nearly 150 miles) it was going to be a long day in searing temperatures riding through the French Provences. The…

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Briacon to Briacon 202km Final Alps stage

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This was a ride that was feared by a lot of riders and was ‘get round in any shape’ mentality. Follwiing immediately in from yesterday’s gruelling stage 17, the ride included a cat3 climb, cat…

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La Mure to Serre Chevelier 202km The Alps

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One of the toughest stages of the whole tour as we made our way back to the Alps. 2 HC climbs (uncategorised) a Cat1 and a cat3 meant this day had over 18000 feet of…

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Le Puy en Velay to Romans sur isere 168km

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Today was all about getting through the day and conserving as much energy as possible for the demanding next 2 stages in the Alps. Stages that stand between me completing the Tour de France. Following…

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See below for daily updates on my adventure during the Tour de Force riding!

I have decided to take on this years Tour de Force 2017, a challenge that replicates exactly the 21 day Tour de France route and is described as ‘the toughest endurance race on earth!!!’ In short, the distance is 3516 kilometres... I will climb the equivalent of Ben Nevis, Snowdon, Scarfell Pike, Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro and Everest… Not bad in 21 days, averaging 170 km per day and up to 10 hours in the saddle, now that’s going to be tender. its envisaged that I will burn up to 198,000 calories over that period…

The event is held each year to raise money for the William Wates Memorial Trust, which aims to support disadvantaged young children through the mediums of art, sports and education. If you’re feeling generous, a link to the charity can be found here: Donate Here!