Power through the Tour de France
Posted by Matt Moran on Jul 01, 2011
So the 2011 Tour de France pedals away tomorrow in the Vendée region of France and you could say I’m pretty excited about it. Having watched the Tour live on the mountainside for the last 8 years I can tell you it’s incredibly inspiring and exhilarating seeing the pros climb mountain after mountain, day after day. If you live in the UK then it’s safe to say that nothing can prepare you for the sheer length of the climbs over which the Tour regularly passes.
Galibier, Tourmalet, Ventoux, Alpe d’Huez, Aubisque, Apsin, Croix de Fer, Izoard – all conjure up famous scenes from Tours past on TV and some personal memories for those who have followed in the footsteps of the pros. Once the circus passes you are left to descend the mountain, running through your mind what you’ve just witnessed and a little part of you becomes that pro at which you bellowed ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’. And then you reach the bottom and return to your hotel or campsite in the evening, discussing the day’s events and inevitably the conversation always ends with, ‘I just don’t know how they do it.’
Throughout the 3 weeks of the Tour we’ll profile what it takes to be a sprinter, a mountain climber and a rider who can take the overall win in the world’s biggest race. Eddie Flecther, our sport scientist, will offer up some thoughts on the kind of power being generated by the elite of the sport and we’ll take a look at some examples of what the pedal stroke of each rider might look like on the Wattbike's Polar View.
Enjoy the Tour, wherever you watch it. It’s going to be awesome.
cycling, elite, polar view, tour de france