Here is a question. Training for the Etape is never going to be a doddle. And over here we dont get the same kind of mountains that one would encounter during an Etape, so my question is this:
What is the equivalent distance to build up to riding next years Etape route?
I mean, I know the total distance is about 108 miles, but this includes three significant mounds, with about 3500m of climbing. So what I'm getting at, in a muddled rambling way, is that is it possible to just train for, say, 150 miles in a day and would that be an acceptable level of fitness to take one up the three hills? I'm sure some of you can render this into sense and give me science based answers. Everyone like quantites and figures, these prove things with reason and enable us to sleep better. Without science we'd all still be going to Church, praying the sky won't fall in, things like that. Wouldn't we?
Anyway, I look forward to your answers.