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2018 Tour de France - Stage 17 Reconnaissance - Peyragudes / Col de Val Louron-Azet / Col de Portet

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Last kilometer - Stage 17 - Tour de France 2018

From Saturday 7th of July to Sunday 29th of July 2018, the 105th Tour de France includes 21 stages for a total length of 3 351 kilometers. Stage 17 - (Bagnères-de-Luchon / Saint-Lary-Soulan Col du Portet) More information on: http://www.letour.fr http://www.facebook.com/letour http://twitter.com/letour http://www.instagram.com/letourdefrance Official Hashtag: #TDF2018 © Amaury Sport Organisation - www.aso.fr

RONDA PILIPINAS STAGE 14 FULL RACE

The dreaded Queen Stage of Ronda Pilipinas 2013. The seasoned Veterans were expected to dominate this lap, but it was a big surprise to see young blood taking the helm. It was a great day for the riders of Mindanao as history is made and a new hero emerges, rider 155 Junrey Navarra breaks all records as he crosses the finish line in Baguio.

Giants of Switzerland - Furka, Nufenen & St Gotthard - Cycling Inspiration & Education

When the summer season lasts only three months (if you’re lucky) then you know you’re in an extreme place. Shrouded in mist and snow drifts for much of the year the Swiss Alps are a place of history, wonder and beauty in equal measure. Their size and expanse is often incomprehensible, instilling the feeling of vulnerability and insignificance to all who dare pass. Persevere and you’re rewarded with an experience that is simply beyond words and imagination. The engineering behind some of these great roads is nothing short of mind blowing, perfectly crafted hairpins and consistently challenging gradients are all part of their charm and character. The Swiss are renowned for their precision and having spent some time living in the country I can tell you that this stereotype goes well beyond watches and train timetables making it a truly unique place to explore. Starting in the village of Andermatt, nestled in the Ursern Valley, we’re faced with a big day ahead. Three monster climbs above 2,000 metres and over 3,000 metres elevation gain across the 105 km ride is not something to be taken lightly. The first tip is to make sure that you’re well prepared for all conditions, no matter what time of year it is. The weather can change in a moment and the descents can be long and cold. The fourth highest pass in Switzerland after the Umbrail (2,501m), Nufenen (2,477m) and Grand St Bernard (2,469m), the Furka Pass is a popular climb, often ridden alongside its neighbouring Grimsel and Susten passes. Such is the selection of huge peaks in this region you’re often spoilt for choice. It’s always tricky to bypass the Grimsel, its curves seen slicing their way heavenly from the summit of the Furka. Although today it’s the second climb that I feared the most, a climb that I’ve ridden a couple of times before and one that always had me on the ropes. On paper the Nufenen may appear to be a relatively straight forward grind, 13 kilometres in length with an average of 8.5%, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Suddenly after 3.5 kilometres as the wind starts to howl and the gradient ramps up another notch, you realise exactly why the best Swiss rider of his generation Fabian Cancellara once described this as the hardest big climb in the country. A further four kilometres of battling in slow motion against the raw elements of nature and you hit a series of nine hairpins. Physical turns into a mental battle and it’s you against the mountain all the way to the summit. While the surrounding 4,000m high peaks leave you in awe, the most prominent of which is the 4,274m high Finsteraarhorn, it’s important to pace yourself well as the day is far from over. The early slopes of the St Gotthard may appear to be nothing more than a maze of roads and bridges, it’s just beyond the town of Airolo, as you follow the signs for Tremola road, where this climb comes into its own. Legend has it that it first became accessible for pack mules by Emperor Charles the Great as early as the 760s. However, it would take more than a thousand years until what looks like a million or more cobblestones were laid and the Tremola road was born in 1832. It’s always amazing to take just a moment to wonder at all the people that have been on such a road over the centuries, who was the very first to scale the St Gotthard and the history that goes much further than the simple pleasure of riding a bike up and over such a marvel. If you've ridden this loop or any of the climbs featured, let us know how you got on in the comments below. We'd love to hear about your own experience! Start: Andermatt Length: 105 km Highest Point: 2,477m Elevation gain: 3,187m Max gradient: 13% Ridden in August If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to our channel, just this small act really helps us to prove our worth to our partners and enable us to continue creating content like this. Fancy riding with us? Then why not join us on one of our cycling tours for all abilities in the French Pyrénées, Dolomites and Italian Alps each summer. Details available at http://thecolcollective.com/cycling-tours. For more help and advice visit our website at http://thecolcollective.com, become part of our col community and sign up for our free newsletter for monthly updates. Thank you to our partners Mavic, Cannondale, Exposure Lights, Lezyne, MyPower by InfoCrank, Muc Off, The Sufferfest, TORQ and USE for enabling us to bring these truly special mountains to life for you all. Stay well, ride safe and thank you for watching. Mike Cotty The Col Collective Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheColCollective?sub_confirmation=1 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheColCollective Twitter: http://twitter.com/colcollective Instagram: http://instagram.com/thecolcollective Google+: http://plus.google.com/+TheColCollective

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Dalsnibba (Norway) - Cycling Inspiration & Education

It's not often that you have scenery as serene as you do when starting the day in Geiranger, a small village in the Møre og Romsdal county of western Norway. Looking out to the Geirangerfjord with the spectacular Seven Sisters, Suitor and Bridal Veil waterfalls pouring what seems like an endless flow of water from heaven to earth it's no wonder this was voted best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet. From here we have 20.9 kilometres at an average of 6.9% up to Dalsnibba where, on a clear day at the summit, you have views all the way back down to the fjord we're starting from. Impressive is an understatement. With surroundings created by the ice ages, when glaciers carved out great fjords and sculpted the high mountains, climbing Dalsnibba is more than a cycling experience, it's a journey of escapism into the evolution of our world. If you ever need to put things on hold, take a break and get back to nature then Norway is the place to go. Peace. Start: Geiranger Length: 20.9 km Highest Point: 1500m Elevation gain: 1500m Max gradient: 12% Average gradient: 6.9% Ridden in June If you enjoyed this video, please subscribe to our channel, just this small act really helps us to prove our worth to our partners and enable us to continue creating content like this. Fancy riding with us? Then why not join us on one of our mountain cycling tours for all abilities each summer. Details available at http://thecolcollective.com/cycling-tours. For more help and advice visit our website at http://thecolcollective.com, become part of our col community and sign up for our free newsletter for regular mountain updates. Thank you to our partners Mavic, Cannondale, Exposure Lights, Lezyne, MyPower by InfoCrank, Muc Off, The Sufferfest, TORQ and USE for enabling us to bring these truly special mountains to life for you all. Stay well, ride safe and thank you for watching. Mike Cotty The Col Collective Subscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheColCollective?sub_confirmation=1 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheColCollective Twitter: http://twitter.com/colcollective Instagram: http://instagram.com/thecolcollective Google+: http://plus.google.com/+TheColCollective

It’s always an exciting time, waiting in anticipation for the Tour de France route presentation. Weeks of guessing and dreaming about which cols may be used is finally put to bed as all the cards are laid out on the table. As the road unravels, stage after stage, we now know that the race will head to the Pyrénées for the final week for what looks to be one of the best finishes of the Tour ever!

Now mountains in the final week may not come as much of a surprise, but what did catch our eye (along with the rest of the cycling world) is the hyper-dynamic Stage 17, starting in Bagnères-de-Luchon with the Montée de Peyragudes, Col de Val Louron-Azet and the all new Col de Portet on the menu. Three climbs back to back with over 3,000 metres elevation gain and all in just 65 kilometres! That’s right 65 km from start to finish……crazy days!

With autumn quickly taking hold and the first dusting of snow on the higher peaks, I’ll be honest I never have a problem getting motivated for a big day in the mountains but with such an incentive so close to home there’s no way I could get to sleep until I’d checked it out, especially as this will be the first time the Col de Portet has ever featured in the race, and at 2,215 metres in height it’s 100 metres higher than the legendary Col du Tourmalet. What a finish!

Having ridden and raced for over 25 years, these are the types of stages that really excite me. Short, explosive from the gun, nowhere to hide. Just the mountains to conquer and a million fans lining the road all the way. What could be better? I for one hope that this is the start of a new era of this type of stage within the Grand Tours.

Start: Bagnères-de-Luchon
Distance: 65km
Highest point: 2,215m
Elevation gain: 3,126m
Max gradient: 13%

I very much hope you enjoy our route preview. The beauty of this stage is beyond words, definitely one of the best I’ve had the honour of riding.

If the thought of these peaks is just too much, then why not join us for our 2018 Tour de France week where we'll ride this stage in full, along with many more iconic climbs, before seeing how the pros do it in real life. For more details visit http://thecolcollective.com/cycling-tours/tour/tour-de-france.

Thank you to our partners Mavic, Cannondale, Exposure Lights, Lezyne, MyPower by InfoCrank, Muc Off, The Sufferfest, TORQ and USE for enabling us to bring these truly special mountains to life for you all. If you're in need of new bike kit in the future and you enjoyed this video then bear them in mind and help keep the wheels turning :-)

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