vTdF – Stage 17 – Completed

Virtual Tour de France – Stage 17 – Pau to Col du Tourmalet – 174.0km

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: An epic stage, fortunately following a rest day, as the peleton are faced with two category one climbs (Col de Marie-Blanque and Col du Soulur) and a finish on the hors-categorie climb up to the legendary Col du Tourmalet. This will be a decisive stage.


The Race: Andy Schleck beat Contador up the Col du Tourmalet. This despite some drug laden steak for Contador on the previous rest day, eh?

vTdF Status: 3,289.4km completed, target completion date for this stage was July 5th, so 6 days behind schedule (it was 11 at the end of the previous stage). 26.7 kilometres a day will get it done now.

I am very glad tonight is a rest day in the 2011 TdF, I think I need the sleep.

It is looking like Run Melbourne may be a DNS for me, left knee not good at all.

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6 Responses to “vTdF – Stage 17 – Completed”

  1. sassydrcil Says:

    DNS stands for did nothing stupid

  2. Twocatz Says:

    If your knee isn’t right then a DNS is a wise choice. Too many people dish out the HTFU mantra and then cause too many others to break down when a rest would have been far more beneficial.

  3. jojo Says:

    bad news about the knee, but at least you’re making the right decision 🙂
    i think everyone needs a rest day

  4. Kath (My Funny Little Life) Says:

    Have some nice sleep, Andrew! I hope your will get better so that you can go the rest of the distance without problems!

  5. Kath (My Funny Little Life) Says:

    … knee … 😉

  6. Shauna Says:

    catching up on a pile of posts here, stupid work getting in the way of blog reading… but anyway! LOVE love love your virtual TDF! What a cool idea 🙂 Hope your knee is behaving soon!

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