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Old 10-06-11, 19:35
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The grand concept of this thread is that we all have our ideas of what kind of race we want to see, or places we wish races would go, or races we wish existed. So here's the chance for us to post up these ideas.

I will keep this original post as a library of the thread so that if it takes off and some people are posting a group of stages and other people are posting another one at the same time, preventing the natural flow of each race being fully clear, you can look at the first post and see a link to each individual race and/or its constituent parts.

Here are a few tools to help you on your way, should you wish to contribute:
www.bikeroutetoaster.com
www.gpsies.com
www.mapmyride.com
www.ridewithgps.com
www.tracks4bikers.com

Some of these races also come with PCM versions for the game-minded of you. Progsprach has been diligently compiling these into a PCM library post, which you can view here.

Fictional One-Day Races
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Fictional Stage Races (Germany, Austria, Switzerland & the Low Countries)
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Fictional Stage Races (UK, Ireland & Scandinavia)
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Fictional Stage Races (France, Spain, Portugal & Italy)
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Fictional Stage Races (Eastern Europe)
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Fictional Stage Races (The Americas)
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Fictional Stage Races (Middle East)
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Fictional Stage Races (Asia)
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Fictional Stage Races (Australasia)
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Fictional Stage Races (Africa)
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Fantasy versions of Classics, Worlds and Olympic races
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Fantasy Stages for existing races
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Fantasy Giri d'Italia
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Click here for the Library (users N-Z)
Eshnar's all-mountain Giri

Fantasy Tours de France
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Fantasy Vueltas a España
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Fantasy versions of other World Tour Stage Races
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Fantasy versions of other Europe Tour Stage Races
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Fantasy versions of other Continental Tour Stage Races
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Old 10-06-11, 19:44
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Stage race in Belgium/French-Flanders.

- A stage with some cobbled sectors from Roubaix in the final
- A stage with some of the Flemish hills of the Ronde near the final
-A hilly stage with the hills of the Ardennes classics
- A short time trial with loops around the Muur van Geraardsbergen
-A flat stage near the coast of Belgium
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Old 10-06-11, 19:54
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First up, I offer to you my first fictional event, the Tour du Pays-Basque Français (or Iparraldeko Itzulia if you'd prefer).

This is a four-stage race around the three Basque provinces of Labourd (Lapurdi), Basse-Navarre (Nafarroa Beherea) and Soule (Zuberoa), to take the slot of the old Euskal Bizikleta. It would likely attract most of the French and Spanish teams since most of the Spanish teams are from nearby.

We will kick things off with an Individual Time Trial around the small town of Ustaritz, the capital of Labourd until the French revolution, and still an important historic town for the French Basques.

Stage 1: Ustaritz-Ustaritz (ITT), 12,0km


This stage starts and finishes just outside the Lota Jauregia and heads out to the village of Jatxou before turning north, before looping around some smaller roads on a small and not-especially-strenuous climb, then heading back to Ustaritz to finish.



Lota Jauregia:


Ustaritz:


12km against the clock is seemingly quite long for a four-stage race and as a first stage, but there's plenty of opportunity yet to come for those who aren't so strong against the clock to claw that time back.
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A stage for the Tour of California but maybe better suited to a one day. It's tough. Starts 286 feet ( 87.17 meters) below sea level.



The ride is 136 miles (219 km) long and has an actual elevation gain of 15,800 feet (4,800 m), one of the longest and most sustained elevation differences in American cycling. There are three major hills...Townes Pass, climbing up from Stovepipe Wells; Hillcrest, climbing from Panamint Springs; and the Whitney Portal Road, which leaves the town of Lone Pine, California to climb to the Portal.

Townes Pass is an agonizing 16.6 miles (26.7 km) long with an 5,000'+ (1,524 meter)elevation gain.
Hillcrest is 11.9 miles (19.2 km) long, with slightly over 3,000'(914.4 meter) elevation gain.
The Whitney Portal road gains close to 5,000' (1,524 meter)in 12 miles (19 km).

In addition to long distances and heart-breaking hills, the temperature can play a major factor. At the start in Badwater, temperatures can routinely be as high as 130 degrees,( 54.4 degree Celsius) but the temperature quickly drops as the riders pedal higher and higher. Below freezing temperatures can be encountered near the Portal at night, making a temperature swing of over 100 degrees (37.7 degree Celsius) in a single day.
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Give the memmo to the guys who organized the road race at the Olympics.
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Stage 2: Saint-Jean-de-Luz - Ainhoa, 166km



Starting in the coastal town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, this course heads to the east before moving in a southward loop over a series of small and medium sized climbs, before ending on a circuit around Ainhoa, a very small town/large village included in Les Plus Beaux Villages de France. This circuit is not especially demanding, but the finish does come just after an uphill drag of 5km in length; the earlier climbs could well shell most of the pure sprinters, but some strong men may remain; this uphill drag gives rouleurs and stronger puncheurs a chance to try to get away from what remains of the péloton, although the non-technical nature of the run-in means that if a strong group doesn't get away, any fastman with the endurance to get over the climbs earlier in the day will feel they should back themselves for this one.



The climbs:
Urrizméhé (cat.3) 3,9km @ 4,1%
Mocorreta (cat.2) 5,9km @ 4,8%
Antzaramendi (cat.2) 3,7km @ 5,8%
Artxuita (cat.2) 3,7km @ 6,4%
Gastigarlépoa (cat.3) 2,9km @ 4,7%
Col de Légarré (cat.2) 5,0km @ 5,9%

Saint-Jean-de-Luz:


Ainhoa (directly beside the finishing line):
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Townes Pass is an agonizing 16.6 miles (26.7 km) long with an 5,000'+ elevation gain.
Hillcrest is 11.9 miles (19.2 km) long, with slightly over 3,000' elevation gain.
The Whitney Portal road gains close to 5,000' in 12 miles (19 km).

In addition to long distances and heart-breaking hills, the temperature can play a major factor. At the start in Badwater, temperatures can routinely be as high as 130 degrees, but the temperature quickly drops as the riders pedal higher and higher. Below freezing temperatures can be encountered near the Portal at night, making a temperature swing of over 100 degrees in a single day.
Sounds absolutely evil. I have to admit though, I'm not really au fait with the use of feet as a measuring device in altitude in cycling, I've always struggled with reading American stage maps for that reason; what kind of altitude gain in metres are we talking about in these climbs?
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