Friday, July 11, 2008

BBC Journalists Ride L'Etape du Tour

Last week, I linked to a video of Google's Dylan Casey giving a first hand account of what it is like racing in the Tour de France as part of Lance's US Postal brigade.

Here's the latest video from a trio of BBC journalists - Andy Nicolson, Paul Redgrove and Jon Cook who rode the L'Etape du Tour on the 6th of this month. This amateur cyclosportive centers around riding one of the actual stages of the Tour de France, and this year the route was from Pau to Hautacam, 156 km featuring two massive unclassified climbs. The pros will hit this stage on Monday, July 14 which will be really exciting to watch.

Here's a route preview from Cycle Film's Michael Cotty :

Some will also remember that NY Times journalist Robert Mackey of the Climb blog fame also rode the Etape and completed it in cold and pouring rain within a time of 8 hours and 5 mins.

But here are the 3 mortals from BBC who rode the stage after 6 months of training. After watching the video account, I simply have to give it to these guys for just thinking of attempting it.

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