Tonight sees the fourth and concluding episode of Channel 5’s Tour de Celeb – and the series finale sees the stars tackle one of amateur cycling’s iconic challenges, the 122 kilometre L’Etape du Tour, but will they be ready for it?
In last week’s episode, the going got tough as the eight riders were spilt into two teams and tackled the big hills of the Yorkshire Dales White Rose Classic.
TOWIE’s Lucy Mecklenburgh conquered her fear of downhills with the help of a sports psychologist. Rugby’s Austin Healey – “Show-off!” shouted Olympian Amy Williams as he left her in his slipstream – led from the front. Even cricket legend Darren Gough finished without getting off his bike, something he proudly admitted he wouldn’t have been able to do six weeks earlier.
But L’Etape is another challenge altogether. Will Louie Spence’s back hold up? Will Hugo pay for partying at Glasto instead of training? Will Goughy stay up drinking shots the night before? It’s the end of the road for Tour de Celeb – they’ve been on quite a journey and an entertaining one at that.
July’s event followed the route of Stage 20 of the Tour de France from Megève to Morzine and featured climbs of the Col des Aravis, the Col de la Colombiere and the Col de la Joux Plane ahead of a descent to the finish.
Originally scheduled to cover 146 kilometres, it was shortened to 122 kilometres to skip the Col de la Ramaz due to rockfalls in the area.
The show will be screened on Channel 5 at 7pm this evening and together with the three preceding episodes will be available to watch afterwards on the channel’s catch-up service - you can access them all here.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.