8 Results for tag: french cycling

Rush raids the Alps

August 11, 2014 - Peter Rush has featured here before; as a rebel of fashion. But he is also an unwavering rider keen to push himself, quietly, wherever possible. Here is his account of one such occasion, earlier this summer when he took on the Raid Alpine sportive with Marmot Tours. Thonon-les-Bains to Antibes. Six days, 31 Alpine cols, 740km, 16,800 ... More

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, way before you have finished the past ... 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, Bren,s vocal roommate, is forced to ... More

l’Étape du Tour Daily Blog – Thursday

by Barry Doyle Cryotherapy and Sun Finally we caught a break today. The day started overcast with the first splashes of light rain evident from our "depart" in Argeles-Gazost. We were joined by some new riders today including partime St Tiernans member John Brennan. There was a stark contrast between those of us who had two days riding done ( tired, ... 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 reality of this bites hard when ... 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 Bonnie described it as the Hurt Box. ... 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 daunting goal of stage 16 of the tour ... More

l’Étape du Tour Daily Blog

Our crew of club hard men and l'Étape veteran Kevin McNamee are making their way to France today to prepare for the epic l'Étape du Tour Act II. They are going post here daily on their cycling adventures the Pyrenees throughout the week. A tough challenge faces them next Saturday as they start in Pau then the course takes on Col d’Aubisque and Col du ... More