July 20, 2006
"L'Alpe d'Huez will kill you"
I know I already posted about l'Etape du Tour, the amateur ride that traces one stage o the Tour, this year Stage 15 up l'Alpe d'Huez. Normally, I would just paste this on to the bottom of that story, but I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to spotlight it separately.
It's by Andrew Tilin, who sets off on l'Etape with friend Peter, “a high-level amateur racer.” If you want to find out what this ride is like for someone who rides about as much, maybe a little more, than you do, here's your chance. The author has experience in marathons and long triathlons, but says nothing has left him as “stuporous” as the climb up l'Alpe d'Huez.