Beating yourself up in France (on a bike) is an annual rite for many British cyclists L'Etape du Tour is the star turn, but true connoseiurs of pain head for the Marmotte.
This annual charity ride finishes with a gentle pootle up Alpe d'Huez – that's after you've knocked off the Croix de Fer, Col Du Télegraphe, and the Galibier along the way.
Online entry is now apparently open, mind you the ride itself may not be quite as daunting as negotiating the website to enter, the nice people at Tour d'Oisans describe it as "cryptic" which is certainly the 'glass half full' way of describing it.
If you want to enter this is the place to do it… good luck.
Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.