Strava have launched the Climbing Challenge to coincide with the inaugural Women’s Tour, challenging you to climb 2,310m - about half what the pros will ride - between 7-11th May while the race is underway.
The Climbing Challenge starts today, and presently nearly 44,000 people have signed up for it. There is still time to participate, and you can still enter part way through the challenge, if you think you can complete the climbing total in less than the allotted time. If you complete the challenge you will be able to purchase a limited edition Strava jersey for $109. Don’t forget to join the road.cc Strava club as well while you’re at it.
For the pros, the Queen of the Mountains classification will be hard fought with two classified climbs on each stage. Strava have helpfully listed the main climbs of the race on this page here, which should make for some interesting reading after the race has passed over them, presuming the athletes upload their ride activities.
Strava have also helpfully listed some of the women to watch out for in the battle for the polka data jersey. Marianne Vos is the clear favourite for the race overall, but she’ll face stiff competition from the likes of Lizzie Armitstead, Lucy Garner, Hannah Barnes, Laura Trott and many others, in fact 21 of the 96 starters are British. For the Queen of the Mountains classification Emma Pooley must surely rank as a favorite to wear the polka dot jersey all the way to the finish.
Marianne Vos is on Strava so hopefully we'll get an insight into the race. Here's a video in which Vos looks forward to the inaugural Women's Tour.
Don't forget to join the road.cc Strava group and share your rides with other road.cc readers as well www.strava.com/clubs/road-cc
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.