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July 2014 - Newsletter 4/6 - Tourspecial

Dear Climbbybiker, dear #Name#,

With all the British riders falling down, the Tour promises some more surprises. Unless A. C. rides them all home in the mountains. Three mountainchains this year in the tour, starting with the Vosges up north. Not long but often steep and... rainy. This year, its the Pyrenees that will decide the Tour though.


Tour de France discover all climbs and stages

The Tour 2014 promises firework with great stages in the big three mountainchains of France; the Vosges, Alps and Pyrenees. With climbs like the Port de Bales, Peyresourde, Hautacam and of course the Tourmalet, the Pyrenees sure are the place-to-be this year.

Oetztaler Radmarathon

Too late to register for this year's Oetztaler Radmarathon on 31-08, but maybe an idea for next year. With the Khütai, Brennerpass, Jaufenpass and Timmelsjoch, you can test your climbing legs at the end of the summer.

Climb of the month: Hautacam

With an average grade of 8% over the official 13 km distance of the climb, the Hautacam is one of the harder climbs in the Pyrenees. It is also the final climb of this year's Tour de France.

Story of the month: climbing the Mont Ventoux at the age of 70

Story by Ian A. from Belgium:

I'm an Australian living in Belgium. My son and I drove all night from the Belgium and rode over to Bedoin to suss things out. Long story short, we ended up being a touch over enthousastic and got to within about three ks from the Chalet. So back to the caravan park near Sault to lick ... read on

New pictures of the month

Bwlch-y-Groes in the snow, one of the harder climbs in Britain and the highest tarmacked pass in Wales.
Berbenno-Caldenno close to Lake Como, one of the most difficult, but take the mountainbike.