The Etape du Tour, that hallowed uber-sportive that annually follows the route of a gruelling stage of the Tour de france, takes place on July 7 this year. Rapha and the combination of Team Sky and Jaguar have produced videos to help guide you through this year’s 130km route from Annecy to Annecy-Semhoz.
In the Jaguar/Sky video, you’re offered advice on technique and riding style by Team Sky rider CJ Sutton and Dario Cioni, one of the performance management team. In addition, Head of Nutrition Nigel Mitchell shares vital tips on what to eat and drink before, during, and after the stage. Unfortunately, they don’t offer to send you your own Jaguar Sportbrake as a support vehicle.
More lyrically, the Rapha video showcases the scenery of the Haute Savois, and the Tour de France history and prospects of the route’s six categorised climbs.
Take a look for yourself:
Jaguar & Sky
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.