Rob Hunter takes on a challenging stage of the Tour de France.
This weekend our cycle obsessed Managing Director, Rob Hunter, takes on his biggest sporting adventure so far as he travels to France to ride stage 18 of the Tour de France. Just like the Pros a few days later, Rob will be riding the exact same stage from Briançon to Col D’Izoard on closed roads.
This E’tape du Tour looks to be a challenging ride – 179.5km of hard cycling and tricky descents culminating in a 14km steep climb up Col D’Izoard that averages at 7.3% – finally reaching the finish line at 2,360m above sea level!
Running from Saturday 1st July to Sunday 23rd July 2017, the 104th Tour de France covers a total distance of 3,540 kilometres, is made up of 21 stages and includes 23 mountain climbs, hills or altitude finishes. It will be the first time since 1992 that all five of the main French mountain ranges will be on the program with the highlight being the first stage finish at the top of the Col D’Izoard.
This year’s Tour has seen a few favourites leave the race due to injury including British riders Geraint Thomas, Richie Porte and potential Green jersey contenders Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan. At the time of writing this, Team Sky favourite, Chris Froome, holds the yellow jersey having inched ahead as overall race leader after stage five whilst Marcel Kittel looks on track to win the battle for the green jersey having won five of the sprint stages.
All of us at Hunterlodge wish Rob lots of luck in his quest for his very own King of the Mountain polka dot jersey!