Keep it Interesting
A few years back, I dreamt up the Tour de 1/1oth. In it, I ride 1/10th the distance of the Tour de France each day and compare my times with the real riders to see my ranking. In the past, I have either not finished or finished in last place because frankly, even at 1/10th of their distance, when you multiply my times by 10, they are still much faster. This year I am going to try to level the playing field.
To even things out, I will give myself a 1 minute bonus for each extra mile I ride. That will still likely not be enough to get me in the top, but it should help. In the end, I will win regardless of how my time compares to the professional cyclists because I will have ridden a lot of miles and had a good time doing it.
What does Le Tour look like this year? The race will consist of just over 2,194 miles over the course of three weeks. There will be two rest days.
|Stage 1, July 1||ITT in Düsseldorf||8.08|
|Stage 2, July 2||Düsseldorf – Liége/Luik||125.52|
|Stage 3, July 3||Verviers – Longwy||132.04|
|Stage 4, July 4||Mondorf les Bains – Vittel||128.93|
|Stage 5, July 5||Vittel – La Planche des Belles Filles||99.42|
|Stage 6, July 6||Vesoul – Troyes||134.22|
|Stage7, July 7||Troyes – Nuits Saint Georges||132.97|
|Stage 8, July 8||Dole – Station des Rousses||116.20|
|Stage 9, July 9||Nantua – Chambéry||112.47|
|July 10||Rest Day||0.00|
|Stage 10, July 11||Périgueux – Bergerac||110.60|
|Stage 11, July 12||Eymet – Pau||125.52|
|Stage 12, July 13||Pau – Peyragudes||132.97|
|Stage 13, July 14||Saint Girons – Foix||62.14|
|Stage 14, July 15||Blagnac – Rodez||112.47|
|Stage 15, July 16||Laissac Sévérac l’Église – Le Puy en Velay||117.44|
|July 17||Rest Day||0.00|
|Stage 16, July 18||Le Puy en Velay – Romans sur Isère||102.53|
|Stage 17, July 19||La Mure – Serre Chevalier||113.71|
|Stage 18, July 20||Briançon – Col d’Izoard||110.60|
|Stage 19, July 21||Embrun – Salon de Provence||136.70|
|Stage 20, July 22||ITT in Marseille||14.29|
|Stage 21, July 23||Montgeron – Paris||65.24|
That means I will be riding more than 219.41 miles over the same period of time. I know that it won’t be a whole lot different than normal because I do so much riding anyway, but it will be fun.
It will be a bit more difficult this year because I will be traveling quite a bit during the tour which will make it tougher to get my miles in. I may try to bank some hours between my first trip (today through the 2nd) and prior to my next trip (which runs the 14th-18th) but will most likely be playing catch up when I return. Look for updates as the race goes on and wish me luck!
by Chris Doelle