Five Top Crucial Elements That Make A Tour de France Winner

Saint-Lô, France, June 30, 2016 - With the 113th edition of the Tour de France beginning on Saturday, AFP Sport looks at five crucial elements needed to win the coveted yellow jersey: - Climbing legs To win the Tour you have to be a top class climber, there is no way around it. The last time a non-climber won the Tour was Spaniard Miguel Indurain in 1995, but even then he was … [Read more...]

Tour de France Climbing Stages Left In Detail

PAU, France, July 16, 2012 - A look at the climbing stages remaining on the 99th edition of the Tour de France, which ends on Sunday: Stage 16: Pau to Bagneres-de-Luchon (197 km) Col d'Aubisque: 16.4 km at 7.1 percent (1709 m) Col du Tourmalet: 19 km at 7.4 percent (2115 m) Col d'Aspin: 12.4 km at 4.8 percent (1489 m) Col de Peyresourde: 9.5 km at 6.7 percent (1559 m) … [Read more...]

Climbing Stages Of The Tour de France In Detail

LIEGE, Belgium, June 28, 2012 (AFP) - A detailed look at the climbing stages on the 2012 Tour de France, the 99th edition of the three-week epic to be held June 30-July 22 (altitude in brackets): Stage 7: Tomblaine to La Planche des Belles Filles (199 km) La Planche des Belles Filles: 5.9 km at 8.5 percent average (1035 metres) Stage 8: Belfort to Porrentruy (154 km) Cote … [Read more...]

The Art Of Climbing – Part I

Written by: Josh Horowitz (Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cycling) With the Tour of Spain mountain stage upon us I figured this would be a good time to go over some tips for climbing. Unlike other aspects of cycling, climbing success is considered by most to be almost 100% dependent on fitness and natural ability. After teaching a race clinic a few weeks ago it occurred to me that there is … [Read more...]

The Art of Climbing – Part II

Written by: Josh Horowitz (Wonderful Pistachios Pro Cycling Team) In Climbing Part I we discussed the tactics of sprinting as the Queen of the chess board analogy. Great climbing can seem to be as straightforward as a Rook or a Bishop’s path in that the fittest is assumed to win. But in reality, climbing is a much more subtle and complicated skill that encompasses not just fitness but … [Read more...]

The Training Series – Climbing Part 2

Written by: Josh Horowitz (Liquid Cycling) As we've seen in France during July, time trials and the climbing are the two primary triggers for stage racing success, with Contador signaling the return of explosive climbers to the top steps of the podium. Last month we discussed the first series of training and technical tips on climbing, and today we focus on the mental strategies to … [Read more...]

Amateur Racing Update From America’s Breadbasket

Okay, so this year it seems the common thread of logic, is that to attract good money-paying racers one has to claim they've got the GOD AWFUL HARDEST race course e-e-e-ever.   In our case, it's called Hellbender - but not for reasons you would think - and it proclaims it is BAR NONE the hardest race in Missouri.  Okay, first, the Hellbender name alone almost got me to no-show, till I learned … [Read more...]