vTdF – Stage 16 – Completed

Virtual Tour de France – Stage 16 – Bagneres-de-Luchon to Pau – 199.5km

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: Another massive mountain stage, containing all four of the major Pyrenean climbs (Col de Peyresourde, Col d’Aspin, Col de Tourmalet and the Col d’Aubisque). That’s two category 1 climbs, followed by two HC climbs. A stage to put fear into the hearts of much of the peleton.


The Race: This stage saw Lance Armstrong show us that he could still mix it with the best up the mountains, finishing sixth. The stage was won by Frenchman Pierrick Fedrigo.

vTdF Status: 3,115.4km completed, target completion date for this stage was June 25th, so 11 days behind schedule (it was 16 at the end of the previous stage). Thirty kilometres a day requirement is reduced slightly (28.6) and I’ve managed to get out for  ride for 34 days straight, despite the weather. I’m beginning to think I may actually get this done. The ski gloves are working a treat, the hands are feeling toasty on the cold mornings. This evening was the first night it has rained most of the way home.

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One Response to “vTdF – Stage 16 – Completed”

  1. Kath (My Funny Little Life) Says:

    Yay for the ski gloves! It must be really cold now, so kudos for you to go with yor project! I know it means a lot to you, so it would be great if you’re going to finish it after all! 🙂

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