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Event Report - L’etape du tour

I’ve always been a fan of the Tour de France and was aware that each year amateur cyclists get the chance to ride one of the stages a week before the pros in l’Etape du Tour. For 2019 it was to be 20th stage in the Alps from Albertville to a summit finish at Val Thorens, a final day in the mountains for the pros before the following day’s procession to Paris. I was looking for a big challenge for the year and this certainly ticked all the boxes. And so it was that I entered the Etape, drove down through France and found myself early one Sunday morning in July surrounded by hundreds of other cyclists at the start line. Ahead of me, 135 kilometres away, my wife Tracey was waiting at the finish

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