l’Étape du Tour Daily Blog – The Event

by Barry Doyle Sean O'Leary has been out genial host for the five intensive days we have spent here. He is a character of a specific nature, buzzing from one moment to the next. He leaves current conversations just before the finish of the present one, his mind a rush of activity and already focused on the next action, ... More

l’Étape du Tour Daily Blog – Friday

by Barry Doyle Sit Rep It's the rest day here in Argeles Gazost. As all of you know this does not an sitting around but getting an easy spin done, some maintenance and preparation for tomorrow. Having given everyone a run down on Mr Bonnies health yesterday here is a sit rep on the other club members. Dave Keane, ... More

l’Étape du Tour Daily Blog – Wednesday

by Barry Doyle The weather here has been miserable for the last two days. All those romantic notions of ascending to summits that stretch as far as the eye can see, in 30 degrees heat, have been reduced to views of mist and clouds sweeping across your path. This may appear to be of little concern to the reader but the ... More

l’Étape du Tour Daily Blog – Tuesday

by Barry Doyle An Education What have we gotten ourselves into. Only Kevin and Dave knew what was in store and even then we sensed some unease. Today was a lesson. A class in what we do not know about climbing, a tutorial in how small the mountains are at home and a grind in the grim reality of the Pyrenees. Brendan ... More

l’Étape du Tour Daily Blog – Monday

by Barry Doyle Prologue Intimidating isn't the word, frightening, awesome, inspiring. Crammed into a minibus we looked on, as two hours into our journey south, the Pyrenees loomed large. Six months after signing on for the Etape Act II we are finally here. The long hard days of training are coming to conclude with the ... More