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TDF/2 begins!

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

A variety of circumstances conspired to keep me from taking an actual bike trip this summer, so I decided to have a staycation instead. Of course, in order to ensure that I’d actually make some serious mileage, I needed some kind of a motivating gimmick. And what better cycling gimmick than the Tour de France?

Initially I thought about riding the same number of kilometers each day that the pros do miles, but when I set up a spreadsheet, it quickly dissuaded me. That would have had me doing over 70 miles most days, with four over 80. I don’t think my aging body is up for that over a 20 day stretch. So then I decided to try doing half the mileage they do each day, and voila! The TDF/2 was born.

Today, the prologue, I rode a 3.88 mile time trial, which I won handily with an average speed of 19 mph. Competition is so much easier when you have no opponents. Tomorrow it gets serious, though, with 69.3 miles (half the Rotterdam-> Bruxelles distance). Not that I haven’t often ridden that far before, but I have to do it before the fourth of July cookout . And it’s followed by 60+ mile rides the next two days, before a “rest” day of only 48.

So, that’s my plan. Here’s a table showing the entire schedule:

The stages
Stage Date Start and Finish Miles Miles/2
P Saturday 3 July Rotterdam > Rotterdam 5.518 2.759
1 Sunday 4 July Rotterdam > Bruxelles 138.57 69.285
2 Monday 5 July Bruxelles > Spa 124.62 62.31
3 Tuesday 6 July Wanze > Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 132.06 66.03
4 Wednesday 7 July Cambrai > Reims 95.17 47.585
5 Thursday 8 July Épernay > Montargis 116.25 58.125
6 Friday 9 July Montargis > Gueugnon 141.05 70.525
7 Saturday 10 July Tournus > Station des Rousses 102.61 51.305
8 Sunday 11 July Station des Rousses > Morzine-Avoriaz 117.18 58.59
R Monday 12 July Morzine-Avoriaz 0 0
9 Tuesday 13 July Morzine-Avoriaz > Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 126.79 63.395
10 Wednesday 14 July Chambéry > Gap 110.98 55.49
11 Thursday 15 July Sisteron > Bourg-lès-Valence 114.39 57.195
12 Friday 16 July Bourg-de-Péage > Mende 130.51 65.255
13 Saturday 17 July Rodez > Revel 121.52 60.76
14 Sunday 18 July Revel > Ax-3 Domaines 114.39 57.195
15 Monday 19 July Pamiers > Bagnères-de-Luchon 115.94 57.97
16 Tuesday 20 July Bagnères-de-Luchon > Pau 123.69 61.845
R Wednesday 21 July Pau 0 0
17 Thursday 22 July Pau > Col du Tourmalet 107.88 53.94
18 Friday 23 July Salies-de-Béarn > Bordeaux 122.76 61.38
19 Saturday 24 July Bordeaux > Pauillac 32.24 16.12
20 Sunday 25 July Longjumeau > Paris Champs-Élysées 63.55 31.775
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I’ll be updating frequently as I go along. BTW, I plan to work also, although I’ll be starting late most days.