EXECUTIVE CYCLIST MAGAZINE
C3’s managing partner, Conrad Bates, recalls his
and twice as good! Last year the destination was the Pyrenees; this year, the iconic climbs in the Alps. Eight days in Provence (my new favourite place on earth!)
Well, what can I say, it’s the second year in for me
second sojourn to France for the 100th Tour De France
almost 15 kms (that’s past the stratosphere if you’re interested) and then the final day under the Paris lights hosted by OricaGreenEdge (many thanks to Gerry Ryan) with grandstand tickets on the finish line. The highlight was climbing Alp d’Huez on race day through the crowds with entry to the media compound thanks to Mike Tomalaris and our friends at SBS. Who would have thought that the skills developed riding in traffic on Beach Road, Melbourne, would assist with climbing skills? Imagine Martin Place or Bourke St Mall at lunch time; but with cyclists everywhere. The ability to track stand during the climb was invaluable while navigating the carnage. And, there are simply no words to describe the Dutch corner phenomenon!
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and then onto the northern Alps riding 675 kms, climbing
Unfortunately, this year my trip was a sad one with the loss of my mum to Cancer before heading off. This, however, spurred me onto a secondary, but very important, objective. My aim was to secure a 100 year edition Tour Maillot Jaune (yellow jersey) signed by the six Australians to wear it and to then auction this off for charity. Thanks to Shayne Bannan, the objective was broadly achieved, and Brad and Phil kindly finished it off upon our return. Keep an eye out for the auction…
Published on Aug 16, 2013
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