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Riding High

Two weeks on Sunday I will be riding in the L'Etape du Tour.  An amateur mass participation cycle event that takes place every year allowing cyclists to ride a route of the Tour de France before the professionals ride it the following week.  This year it is from Briancon to the summit of Col d'Izoard. 15,000 riders will attempt to complete the 187 kilometre race through the alps before the days cut off time with the aim of finishing before the 'broom wagon' collects them along the way.  This year is a very tough course with 50km longer than last year's stage and ending with a 48 km climb to the summit finish on the top of the mountain pass Col d'Izoard.  

Having completed the race last year, I know it is a massive challenge.  My ignorance helped, a complete novice cyclist I really did not know how hard it was going to be and  it completely exceeded my expectation in terms of difficulty.  The climbs are never ending and the descents are super scary!  Last year it was extremely hot 35+ degrees all the way, but there has been snow and ice on many of the routes previously.

Needless to say, as well as running an extremely busy recruitment business, I have been juggling many long rides in the saddle to try to get some distance in. There is nothing to compare the length of climbs but hill training is key.  As least this year I can ride a bike without falling off.  It took me a good while to get the hang of the cleats!!

In my view, it is good to aim high and challenge oneself! I am completely out of my comfort zone, give me a marathon any day of the week! 

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Wish me luck!! I will be sure to write a blog to let you know how it goes. :)

Karen Pollard
Managing Director