2017 Etape du Tour Guide

Cyclefit's guide to preparing and riding 2017 Etape - Briancon to the Col d’Izoard

Posted by Julian Wall

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One of the most exciting routes for years!

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The Col d'Izoard became famous the moment Fausto Coppi climbed it

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Back-ended routes are an exercise in restraint and discipline!

Briancon to Col d'Izoard - 2017 Etape du Tour Guide

Back-Loaded Day!

Welcome to our 2017 Etape Downloadable Guide

The defining feature of the 2017 Etape and course is the fact that the Col de Vars and Izoard come very late in the day. We have ridden many Etapes like this before (2002 and 2008) and they become an exercise in restraint and discipline. But both climbs are rarely used for the Etape and are complete legends. The Izoard incidentally is Phil's favourite Alpine climb. This 28 page downloadable guide features the following information:

Power Profiling

Power profiling of the climbs by our good friend Rob at Cycling Power Lab

Course Preview

Maps, graphs, data, times. We have it all.

Riding l'Etape

Preparation, the start, nutrition, hydration, feed-stations? How to climb? How to avoid the dreaded Broom-Wagon? What to do at the finish? We share our experiences and top tips

The Five Etape 'P's'

Position - now is the time to make sure your position is absolutely perfect - take advantage of our Bike+Body MOT
Posture - perfecting your posture is free power and efficiency! We tell you how.
Pedalling - there is a wrong and a right way. We recommend the latter!
Posterior - the wrong saddle will lose you power and gain you discomfort. It's not too late to get a pressure mapping appointment.
P-Equipment - you can buy speed with a lighter frame, wheels or groupset.

About the author

Julian Wall, Co-founder

Co-founder, general manager, bike fitter and bike designer. Jules rides an Open U.P., Seven 622XX, Trek Top Fuel & a Trek Emonda SLR. Jules enjoys riding off-road on his U.P. and MTB racing. When he's not on his bike he tries to keep his garden under control, walks his dogs and enjoys nature.
Julian's Cyclefit bike-fit speciality is that he leads Cyclefit's work with professional teams and riders. In his element when he is calmly working through complex problems with someone whose livelihood depends on the outcome.

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