Tour De France Blog - By Gerard O'Connor

Worst day ever on a bike ?? Stage 8 Dole to Station des Rousses 197kmes

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The worst day ever on a bike ?? ?? Im writing this 2 days after the ride due to late finishes early starts transfer oh and tiredness, but I can still have those painful feelings from…

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Nantua to Chambery 182 km First Mountain Stage

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Toughest stage of the Tour ?? Col de la Biche…Grand Colombier…Mont du Chat…..3 of the most feared climbs on tour. Add to that a number of other catergorised climbs this stage is arguably the toughest…

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Stage 7 Troyes to Nuit Saint George Stormy Day 222km

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Beast of a day … strong headwinds and driving rain for most of the 222km. That has got to be the hardest and gruelling days riding I’ve done. we started as a 10 man group…

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Vesoul to Troyes 225km

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What a day … the longest ride I’ve ever completed in probably the toughest conditions. Crosswinds , headwinds and torrential rain throughout made the ride hugely difficult even though there was only a peppering of…

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Stage 5 Vittel to La Planche des belle Filles 170km

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Today saw the first introduction to the mountains and an iconic finish at LaPlanche belle Filles. Shorter in distance at 170km was balanced by a finishing climb of 18km and the final 6km at a…

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Day 4 Mondorf des Bain to Villet 207km

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An early 5.30am transfer from our overnight hotel , the worst so far …Geez !!…to breakfast in Mondorf where we were greeted by Frank Schelk the TDF pro rider who has riden the event 9…

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Verviers to Longwy 217km

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The 3rd stage took us through 3 countries. We strayed in Belgium ??, travelled from North to South through beautiful Luxembourg and ended up in a French town Longwy. Toughest and longest day so far,…

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Stage 2 Düsseldorf to Liege

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Well we finally got underway….Nearly 100 riders set off into damp and windy conditions. The first 40km is relatively controlled and all riders The enjoyed the benefits of a gentle pace. After the first feed…

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Prologue 14km Düsseldorf

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Well that was harder and more tedious than it should of been !! 14km through Dusseldorf in a group of over 80 cyclists hitting every red light is a recipe for a long slow ride…

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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!