Tour De France Blog - By Gerard O'Connor

Rest day in beautiful Le Puy en Velay

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  So the rest day goes something like this ; Wake up late 7am … coffee, late breakfast, massage,clean bike and maintenance, laundry to sort, site seeing for an hour or so, lunch … aah…

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Laissac Severac L’eglise to Le Puy en Velay 192km

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 A short transfer to our next stage start. Today looked like a challenging stage with Category climbs including 2 Cat 1s. It turned out to be my hardest day …. started physically tired and with…

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Blagnac to Rodez 181km – Flat

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There are some days just worth waiting for ….and this was one of them. 2 category 3 climbs (you should all know what they are by now !) were all that stood between us completing…

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Saint Girons to Foix 105km

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Don’t be fooled by th shorter distance of today’s stage. 3 Cateegory 1 climbs the last ramps up to 20% in places and really isn’t what you want to hear in the briefing on the…

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Pau to Peregudus 222km Welcome to the Pyrenees

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Today was always going to be a real test, a combination of 6 catergorised climbs and 1 HC climb ( you know how difficult that is if you’ve been paying attention) and  total mileage of…

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Stage 11 Eymet to Pau 200km Flat

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Having to leave the chateau at 6am was hugely disappointing, but we had a 60 minute transfer to our next start stage Eymet. A little tender after 11 days in the saddle, your were right…

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Perigueux to Bergerac 191km Flat and Quick

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After a long bus journey on our rest we set off from the beautiful town of Perigueux. Today was a flat stage, one for the sprinters in the real tour, nearly 200 km of the…

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REST DAY …..Awesome ?

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A 6 hour bus transfer to the west of France. Time to chill and rest weary legs Au revoir Just out of interest nearly 100000 riders challenge themselves to see how high they can climbin…

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Nantua to Chambery 188km …The toughest day so far ??

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Is this the toughest stage of the tour ?? Three of the most feared climbs of the whole tour were in today’s stage. Col de la Biche, Grand Colombier and Mont du Chat all uncatergatised…

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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!