If you're thinking of riding, or already have your place for the 2015 Etape du Tour, then you need to get your training right. To help with your preparation, Steve has created a special four-day training package, which includes plenty of climbing and descending to get you mountain-ready and in great shape for the Etape. This package will build up your stamina, improve your climbing and descending and give you some all important knowledge from a seasoned Etape rider and qualified British Cycling Coach.
Steve has finished in the top 100 riders in four 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 2015 Etape....
Day one: Arrive at either Tarbes-Lourdes, Pau or Toulouse airport and be collected by our transfer service. Come back to our base in Galan, Hautes Pyrenees, and prepare your bike, either for a quick spin this afternoon (if you have arrived in the morning or early afternoon) or tomorrow (if you have arrived later on).
Day two: Today you will be setting off for the Col du Tourmalet, riding from Bagneres de Bigorre up to the ski station of La Mongie. After descending back to Sainte Marie de Campan, for those who are willing, there will then be a second climb up the Col d'Aspin, to increase your endurance base in preparation for the big climbs of the Etape in the summer.
Day three: This morning you will be transferred to Argeles-Gazost to tackle another epic Pyrenean climb - Hautacam, where the 2014 Etape finished. Again, those with the desire for additional training will be able to cycle on to the base of the Tourmalet to ride from the western side of the climb.
Day four: You will be returned to either Tarbes-Lourdes, Pau or Toulouse airport ready to carry on your own training at home ahead of the Etape in July.
All evening meals, lunches, breakfasts, three nights' accommodation plus return transfers to the airport are included for 410€ per person (based on two people sharing a room). The price for cyclists travelling and staying with us alone is 675€.
We wish everybody taking part in the 2015 Etape du Tour the very best of luck...
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