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Old 05-09-12, 19:37
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Tour touristique de France - stage 20: Fontainebleau - Paris (173 km)

The final stage is a bit longer than usual, just to show the palaces of Fontainebleau and Versailles to the public.
The stage ends with 8 laps on the Champs Elysées.

phew, finally finished this tour touristique.
It contained a prologue and two other long time trials, a flat one and a hilly one. There were 4 really flat stages, 1 cobbled stage and 3 stages with at least some hills in the final. 4 Stages went through medium mountains, one of them finished on a 2nd category climb. Of the 6 high mountain stages, 3 finished on a climb. 1 of these mtf's was a genuine tour climb: not to steep and quite long, the second mtf was a very steep climb on a gravel road and the final mtf was rather a long piece of false flat.
There were 9 climbs hors catégorie, 13 1st category climbs and 14 2nd cat climbs.

Personally, I like the design of stages 8 and 9 most.



Time for a new race... :-)

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Old 05-09-12, 20:29
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So, I just started to try and make an alternative Tour of Britain, and was starting to make a prologue, but immediately ran into trouble when bikeroutetoaster didn't recognise a pedestrianised cobbley bit as existing.
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So, I just started to try and make an alternative Tour of Britain, and was starting to make a prologue, but immediately ran into trouble when bikeroutetoaster didn't recognise a pedestrianised cobbley bit as existing.
Designed a few stages so far, mainly based on stuff I know personally.

Prologue: Cambridge. A short tour of the old city centre, taking in some of its most famous sights, including King's College. The narrow twisty roads typical of old English towns will favour specialists.

Stage 1: Cambridge - Brighton. Leaving the flat county of Cambridgeshire, the route powers into London, where the short but steep Muswell Hill is tackled, which should allow some riders to try and create a few gaps. It then wanders down into central London, past Hyde Park, and joins the London to Brighton (a well-known annual leisure ride) route. The finish sits atop Ditchling Beacon, just outside Brighton, and should be one for the puncheurs.

Stage 2: Brighton - Winchester. The stage starts along the seafront at Brighton, heading past the town's university campus, before meaning through the hilly South Downs into the ancient cathedral city of Winchester. The finish is fairly flat, though the day's rolling hills could give a breakaway a chance, and take out some of the less able sprinters.

Stage 3: Southampton - Reading. A fairly nondescript stage tours several towns in the south before a stage finish up a short, steep hill in Reading.

Stage 4 (ITT): Reading - Reading. A 30km ITT sees riders start outside the University of Reading, heading out into the surrounding villages, before heading through Wokingham (part of the same metro area) and back into Reading, past the university, to finish on the wide main shopping street of the town - the aptly named Broad Street.

That's as far as I've got. Planning next to head over to Bristol, do a mountain stage or two in Wales, then a few flat stages in the Midlands, before tackling the Yorkshire Dales. After that, head up into the Northeast, around Newcastle and a few circuits of hilly, cobbly Durham, before going into Scotland for some more mountains, then finishing in Edinburgh.
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Designed a few stages so far, mainly based on stuff I know personally.

Prologue: Cambridge. A short tour of the old city centre, taking in some of its most famous sights, including King's College. The narrow twisty roads typical of old English towns will favour specialists.
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That would be really special.
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Old 05-09-12, 22:28
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That would be really special.
Glad you think so - this would be the route. No need for a profile as Cambridge is pan-flat. Passes by a lot of the old colleges - Pembroke, Corpus Christi, Trinity, St. John's, Magdalene, before going over the river, and going past the back of a lot of them. There's 50m or so of light cobbles outside the old Great St. Mary's church.

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Old 05-11-12, 17:25
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A couple of years ago I read about the Transalp, an amateur mtb contest from Garmisch partenkirchen to Riva del Garda, crossing the Alps in 8 days. This made me think about the equivalent of it on road bike: the Transalp challenge: Vienna-Nice, about 2000km in 10 days, maximum 300km of transfers.



Stage 1: Vienna - Graz (212 km)

first 15km are flat and not on the profile



climbs:
Semmering: km 92, 7.3km @ 5.3%, 2nd cat
Eiweg Sattel: km 147, 6.4km @ 5.6%, 2nd cat
Frieenkogel: km 164, 7km @ 7,9%, 1st cat
Buchberg: km 182, 2km @ 8.6%, 3rd cat
Schökelkopf, km 189, 6.5km @ 5.3%, 2nd cat

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Transalp Challenge stage 2: Graz - Villach (191 km)



Probably the easiest stage of the race. There are only two easy climbs, before the halfway point. I expect a mass sprint.

Mauthnereck: km 68, 11km @ 5%, 924m, 2nd cat
Lamprechtsberg, km 82.6, 3.3km @ 7.9%, 1347m, 3rd cat
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Stage 11: Ashland - Crescent City (209 km)

After the MTF at Crater Lake yesterday, riders drive back to Ashland, where they start again today. Today we leave Oregon for good and finally enter California, the last but also the longest chapter of this 3 week Tour. We will again get to see lots and lots of wilderness today as the riders ride most of the day along the Redwood Highway. Another transitional, rather easy stage but again quite long. Likely sprint arrival right by the beach in Crescent City.





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Stage 12: Santa Rosa - Sacramento (207 km)

Also the second stage in California is one for sprinters or breakaways. It takes us from Santa Rosa to Sacramento, the 3rd and last State Capital that we visit in this Tour.





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Stage 13: Sacramento - San Francisco (205 km)

The first hard stage of the third week, with a lot of steep short hills and a finishing circuit in San Francisco. Riders will come in over the Golden Gate Bridge. I tried to design the finishing circuit as close as possible to the San Francisco Grand Prix which is unfortunately not held anymore, but was won by Fabian Wegmann for example. It was not possible to do the exact same parcours since they were doing laps and since this is a stage race I couldn't do that. I have unfortunately not been to San Francisco so this is probably not the best route (I wanted to have a steep uphill finish for puncheurs), so if you have any suggestions please contribute! To look up the circuit of the San Francisco Grand Prix click here: www.sanfrangrandprix.com





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