vTdF – Stage 11 – Completed

Virtual Tour de France – Stage 11 – Sisteron to Bourg-les-Valence – 184.5km

This year one of my bike goals is to complete a “virtual Tour de France”. That is, to complete the same number of kilometres as the 2010 TdF riders did (3,641.9km) before the 2011 TdF completes on the 25th of July. These posts track my progress as I “complete each stage”.

The Course: The riders will be pleased to leave the Alps. This stage has only climb, the category 3 Col de Cabre, then a long downhill and flat finish along the Rhone valley.

The Race: Another win to Mark Cavendish, but the win was over-shadowed for the HTC-Columbia with the decision by the governing body to disqualify Mark Renshaw from the race for moving into the line of Tyler Farrar during the final sprint, this after a push and shove and headbutt incident with Julian Dean.

vTdF Status: 2,137.4km completed, target completion date for this stage was May 1st, so 33 days behind schedule. It’s looking impossible to make this now in the allotted time, but I’ve decided not to give up just yet! However to succeed, I am going to have to HTFU and get out on the bike when it is cold and even wet! To fit it in time-wise I’m going to have to ride to work a lot more than I have been too!

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2 Responses to “vTdF – Stage 11 – Completed”

  1. Kath (My Funny Little Life) Says:

    I think the most important thing is to go the distance at all, not going it in a certain time period that refers to professional biker’s performance levels. I really admire that you do this project!

  2. Tish Says:

    I’m impressed. Wish I could share some of our great weather and long evenings with you to help out. Be careful out there. Even if there’s no shoving or head-butting, cold wet weather can get you.

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