That day of the year is here again – the time to battle the mother of all amateur cycling races […]
That day of the year is here again – the time to battle the mother of all amateur cycling races – the grandiose and gruelling L’Étape du Tour! Can’t make it in person but still would love to get as close as possible? Fear not, our three contenders and social media influences are here so you could live the great race vicariously through them. Meet the Instagram master and MTB and road cyclist Simone Viana from Italy, a cycling enthusiast, racer and Instagrammer Fatima Berton from Belgium, and road cycling lover, YouTube influencer and video producer Cameron Jeffers from the UK. Below, you’ll find what they captured throughout this one-of-a-kind cycling holiday (This article will be updated frequently with progress reports).
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July 9, 09:00 a.m. – Updated gallery from the race and a first vlog from Cameron, enjoy.
🇬🇧 What a fantastic day in the French Alps.. @letapedutour is an amazing race!! With its 170 km and 4,000 meters of elevation gain is for sure the longest and toughest race I have ever participated in! I enjoyed every second of it and I’m really proud of my result…941th out of over 16,000 riders with the time of 6h44. 😃✌️Thanks a lot to @skodagram and @wlcmagazine for this wonderful opportunity, I think I won’t never forget this experience! And congratulations to my #Skoda/#WeLoveCycling teammates @jirijezek74 @cameronjeffers @bertoniiii and @josefmatejovic …they all made a great performance and most importantly they all enjoyed the race as I did! 😃🔝 And a special thanks to @sonatajezkova for supporting us amazingly during these 2 days and for this photo as well! 🙏😉 – #lEtapeExperience #wlcmagazine #skodagram #letapedutour2018 – 🇮🇹 Che giornata ragazzi…. #letapedutour è una gara davvero fantastica in un contesto spettacolare come quello delle Alpi francesi!! Con i suoi 170 km e 4000 metri di dislivello è sicuramente la gara più lunga e dura a cui abbia mai partecipato! Mi sono goduto ogni secondo e sono davvero orgoglioso del mio risultato…941esimo posto su oltre 16.000 partecipanti con il tempo di 6h44. 😃✌️ Grazie mille a @skodagram e @wlcmagazine per l’opportunità, penso che non dimenticherò mai questa meravigliosa esperienza! Tutti i miei compagni di squadra Skoda/WeLoveCycling @jirijezek74 @cameronjeffers @bertoniiii e @josefmatejovic hanno fatto un’ottima prestazione ma soprattutto si sono divertiti e si sono goduti la gara, che è la cosa più importante! 😃🔝 Infine un ringraziamento speciale a @sonatajezkova per averci supportato con gentilezza e professionalità durante questi 2 giorni…e anche per la bellissima foto! 🙏😉
July 8, 15:30 p.m. – Everyone made it across the finish line, congratulations!
Cameron Jeffers – 05:38:56 (67th place in overall classification)
Jiří Ježek – 06:43:46
Simone Viana – 06:44:24
Fatima Berton – 08:27:27
“I started too fast and and suffered on the last two hills. In the finish line I had cramps EVERYWHERE.” Simone Viana
July 8, 11:30 a.m. – They are halfway through!
— L'Etape du Tour (@letapedutour) July 8, 2018
July 7, 20:30 p.m. – Cameron, Simone, and Fatima had their first training ride as a team this afternoon. Meanwhile Jiří Ježek – UCI ParaCycling World Champion and our team leader – scouted the rest of the route and prepared a presentation about the trickiest parts. It seems that everyone is hyped up and ready so let’s get some sleep and hope for the best!
July 7, 12:30 p.m. – The team is complete! Unfortunately, Cameron’s bag is missing but that’s not something that should stop us 🙂
About the race
On Sunday 8th June, the 10th stage of the 105th Tour de France edition will open its gates to amateur cyclists from all corners of the world and our team will be there to supply you with the freshest bite-sized news and behind-the-scenes reports.
One week to go… 💥 L’Etape du Tour 2018 Annency – Le Grand-Bornand.⛰ Looking forward to another amazing experience #letapedutour2018! It will be my first visit to this fantastic event! Looking forward to ride with my WeLoveCycling/ŠKODA teammates @jirijezek74 @simo.mtb and @cameronjeffers So, last few days for extra training and then let’s enjoy L’Etap Experience together! 😁. Special thanks @fotokurtl for an other amazing shot 📸 . . . . . . #cycling #cyclinglife #bike #cyclingphotos #bikeporn #fitness #ciclismo #bikegirl #cyclist #roadcycling #training #instabike #cyclingpics #roadbike #fitfam #beautiful #cyclingshots #lifestyle #instacycling #hot #bycicle #getoutside #workout #summer #fitgirl #outdoor #ridergirl #bikelife #stravacycling
Same as every year, the mountain stage of L’Étape du Tour, starting at the shores of Lake Annecy and finishing in the resort of Le Grand-Bornand, will offer mythical climbs and stunning panoramic views in its 160 km of length and 4,017 m of elevation.
Featured peaks on the route include Col de la Croix-Fry, imposing Plateau des Glières with an imposing 11% gradient or the notorious Col de la Colombière, perched at 1,613 m above sea level.
🇬🇧 Last trainings before #letapedutour2018 … since I decided only a couple of weeks ago to take part to this fantastic race I couldn't prepare myself specifically for it. Usually I participate in MTB competitions lasting between 2h30 and 3h30 with a maximum elevation gain of about 2000 meters. @letapedutour will be almost double both in terms of duration and elevation gain … absolutely the toughest race I have ever participated in, but I hope and I think I can do it … enthusiasm and motivation are certainly not lacking!! 💪😄 – I decided to replace my 11-28 cassette with a new 11-32 one in order to face the long climbs with more agility trying to save my legs. Managing and feeding properly and regularly will be essential to be able to reach the finish line. – Thanks a lot to @wlcmagazine and @skodagram for this wonderful opportunity…can’t wait to ride with my teammates @jirijezek74 @bertoniiii and @cameronjeffers ….I’m sure it will be a memorable weekend!! 🤟😄 – #wlcmagazine #skodagram #WeLoveCycling #lEtapeExperience – 🇮🇹 Ultimi allenamenti prima de #letapedutour ….ho deciso solo un paio di settimane fa di partecipare a questa fantastica gara e pertanto non ho potuto prepararla in modo specifico. Solitamente partecipo a gare di MTB di durata compresa tra le 2h30 e le 3h30 e con un dislivello massimo di circa 2000 metri… @letapebyletourdefrance sarà praticamente il doppio sia come durata che come dislivello…in assoluto la gara più dura a cui abbia mai partecipato ma spero e credo di potercela fare…l'entusiasmo e la motivazione sicuramente non mancano!! – Per l'occasione ho deciso di sostituire la cassetta 11-28 con quella da 11-32 in modo da poter pedalare più agile e affrontare le lunghe salite senza appesantire troppo le gambe. Gestirsi e alimentarsi correttamente e regolarmente sarà fondamentale per riuscire ad arrivare al traguardo. – Un grande ringraziamento a @wlcmagazine e @skodagram per questa magnifica opportunità…non vedo l’ora di conoscere i miei compagni di squadra @jirijezek74 @bertoniiii e @cameronjeffers 🚴♂️✌️Sono sicuro che sarà un weekend memorabile!! 🤟😃