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Etape du Tour Training 2013

If you're thinking of riding, or already have your place for the 2013 Etape du Tour, then you need to get your training right. To help with your preparation, Steve has created a four-day training package, which includes plenty of climbing and descending over mountains used in the past few years' Etapes. The idea is to build up your stamina, improve your climbing and descending and gain some all important knowledge from a seasoned Etape rider and qualified British Cycling Coach.

Steve has finished in the top 100 riders in three previous Etape de Tours: that's the top 1% of finishers. He is also a level 3 qualified cycling coach with British Cycling so is the perfect person to put you through your paces and get you in shape and mountain-ready for the 2013 Etape....

Etape Training package:

Day one: You and your bike will be collected from either Tarbes-Lourdes, Pau or Toulouse airport and transferred to Allant Holidays’ base in Galan, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Steve Hall, a British Cycling-qualified coach will be there to meet you, brief you on your stay and, of course, help put your bike together. There should be time for a short local cycle on this first day. Before dinner, Steve will explain some climbing and descending techniques.

Day two: Steve will take you on a route that introduces you to the Pyrenees and tackling mountain climbs. he circuit includes the Col des Ares, Col de Buret and Col de Menthe. During the ride Steve will be able to give additional coaching points such as: the correct lines to take around corners while descending and the best intensity to be climbing the mountains. All of this should make sure you are climbing at your optimum. After a day on the bike, Steve will this evening run through some tips on nutrition and hydration.

Day three: Today is a ride taking in three climbs featured in this year's Tour de France; the Col d'Azet, Col d'Aspin and Hourquette d'Ancizan. The climbs are longer and harder than the previous days' and wll help you build the strength and stamina you need to tackle an Etape course.

Day four: Today will see you climbing up the legendary Col du Tourmalet, where you will be able to put into practice the climbing and nutrition tips you have gained over the previous two days. Steve is confident that anyone who completes the four days training is in an excellent position to complete this year's Etape du Tour.

Day five: return to the airport of your choice (or continue your stay with us).

All evening meals, lunches, breakfasts, four nights' accommodation plus return transfers to the airport are included for 400€ per person (based on two people sharing a room). During the month of May, we are adding an extra night's accommodation for free. The price for cyclists travelling and staying with us alone is 600€.

N.B. depending on the winter's snow fall the very top of the mountains may not be passable until the beginning of June, some routes and loops are liable to change.

Check out our calendar page to find available dates.

Read Steve's Top Tips for preparing beforehand and getting round the Etape course

We wish everybody taking part in the 2013 Etape du Tour the very best of luck...

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