2016 Solo Shadow Tour XII

Jim's 2016 Solo Shadow Tour XII (click here for background)

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                                NOTE:  Times & distances are projections until each Stage is complete
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Date

Stage
Stage Mi
Total Mi

   Time  
Stage El
Total El
Avg
Mph

Wgt

Route
Sat
Jul 2

Done
    1

200.5
200.5

13:23:38

17,283
17,283
15.0
175
1st of 4 Kings: "King KOM" Palomar Mt 2X:  Carmel Valley (CV) start, to K Ct, 5 + 5 on 3 Witches to CV Rd (25 mi), DD, VRP, Harrah's, SGPM, PMO, SS, EGPM, CG, VCP, DD, RSF. Est roll 2:30 A.M.
 
July MTS Current Standing in
Strava July Distance &
Elevation Challenges
at completion of Stage 1:
 

Dist: 286 of 99,739
Elev: 548 of 112,748

Stage 1   Strava Projected Route: Click here
     
          Strava Actual Route: Click here
               Stage 1 Blog & Photos:  Click here (tba)

 

S/F:     2:30 A.M. / 5:48 P.M. (Start/Finish)
SGPM:  1:25:53  (South Grade Palomar Mt)
EGPM:  1:14:55  (East Grade Palomar Mt)
 
1st Century:  6:57, at 10:20 A.M. w/9,738 ft of climbing
2nd Century: 6:26, at 5:48 P.M. w/7,545 ft of climbing

4 Kings                SGPM      EGPM        Cole         Hwy 79      Total       Total
Stages  Distance   Climb      Climb       Grade       Epie Rd      Time        Elevation
   
    1       200.50    1:25:53  1:14:55     23:03          N/A        13:23:38  17,238

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Sun
Jul 3


 Rest 30.1
230.6
+0.00 Est
1:52:07
1,972
19,255
16.1

177
Coast
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Date

Stage
Stage Mi
Total Mi

 
   Time
Stage El
Total El
Avg
Mph


Wgt
 
Route
Mon
Jul 4

Done

    2
200.00
430.6
t
13:00:45
16,532
35,787
15.4
176
2nd of 4 Kings "King Crab" Palomar Mt 2X: CV start, to Kellam Ct, 5 + 5 on 3 Witches to CV Rd, 1.5 + 1.5, 2.75 + 2.75 (33.5 mi), DD, VRP, Harrah's, SGPM, PMO, SS, EGPM, CG, VCP, DD, RSF. Est roll 2:30 A.M.

 
July MTS Current Standing in
Strava July MTS
at completion of Stage 2:

Dist: 73 of 163,310
Elev:  195 of 133,078

Stage 2   Strava Projected Route:  Click here
               Strava Actual Route:  Click here (tba) 
               Stage 2 Blog & Photos:
  Click here (tba)

 

S/F:     2:30 A.M. / 5:07 P.M.
SGPM:  1:24:32
EGPM:  1:14:55
 
1st Century:   6:53, at 10:22 A.M. w/9,642 ft of climbing
2nd Century:  6:07, at 5:07 P.M. w/6,890 ft of climbing

 

4 Kings                SGPM      EGPM        Cole         Hwy 79      Total       Total
Stages  Distance   Climb      Climb       Grade       Epie Rd      Time        Elevation
   
    1       200.50    1:25:53  1:14:55     23:03         N/A         13:23:38  17,238
    2       200.10    1:24:32  1:10:11     20:38         N/A         13:00:45  16,532

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Tue
Jul 5


 Rest 25.10
455.7
1:33:50
1,673
37,460
15.1
176
Coast/RSF
Wed
Jul 6
 Rest 46.60
502.30
3:06:52
2,858
40,318
15.0
180
Coast/RSF
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Date
 
Stage
Stage Mi
Total Mi


   Time
Stage El
Total El

Avg
Mph

Wgt

Route
Thu
Jul 7

Done

    3
130.30
632.6
7:49:51 5,377
45,695
16.64
176
Coastie
Fri
Jul 8

Done

    4
150.3
782.9
9:20:18
11,473
57.168
16.09
177
Coast/Julian/Santa Ysabel 2 + 2/Ramona/HVR/VRP/DD/CV
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Sat
Jul 9

 Rest 50.30
833.20
2:52:21
3,629
60,797
17.51
171.8
Mt Helix/Hwy 94/Otay Lakes Rd/Hwy 94/Mt Helix
Sun
Jul 10

 Rest
30.30
863.50
1:42:54
2,070
62,867
17.67
176
RSF
Mon
Jul 11

 Rest 41.70
905.20
2:21:05
2,566
65,433
17.73
178
RSF/Coast
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Date

Stage
Stage Mi
Total Mi

   Time
Stage El
Total El
Avg
Mph

Wgt

Route
Tue
Jul 12

Open

    5
170.20
1075.4

9:50:54 8,484
73,917
17.28 171
Super Coastie:  CV start + RSF + Elfin Forest + DD + Coast + CV
 
July MTS

Current Standing in
Strava July MTS
at completion of Stage 5:

Dist:  39 of 203,636
Elev:  133 of 162,950

Stage 4:    Strava Projected Route:  Click here
                 Strava Actual Route:  Click here (tba)
                 Stage 4 Blog & Photos: 
Click here

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Wed
Jul 13
 Rest 63.30
1,138.7
3:46:37
4,436
78,353
16.76
173
Coast/RSF/Elfin Forest/RSF/Coast
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Date

 
Stage
Stage Mi
Total Mi

  
   Time
Stage El
Total El

Avg
Mph

 
Wgt

Route
Thu
Jul 14
Open

    6
   200
         

July MTS

Current Standing in
Strava July MTS
at completion of Stage 5:

xx of xx,xxx

 
 
 

 

S/F:     2:xx A.M. / 6:xx P.M.
SGPM:  1:xx:xx
EGPM:  1:xx:xx

1st Century:  6:xx, at xx:xx A.M. w/8,xxx ft of climbing
2nd Century:  6:xx, at xx:xx P.M. w/7,xxx ft of climbing

4 Kings                  SGPM     EGPM        Total       Total
Stages   Distance    Climb      Climb        Time        Elev

    1       200.xx   1:xx:xx   1:xx:xx   13:xx:xx   15,xxx
    2       200.xx   1:xx:xx   1:xx:xx   13:xx:xx   15,xxx
    3       200.xx   1:xx:xx   1:xx:xx   13:xx:xx   15,xxx
    4       200.xx   1:xx:xx   1:xx:xx   13:xx:xx   15,xxx

 

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Fri
Jul 15
             
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Date

Stage
Stage Mi
Total Mi

 
   Time
Stage El
Total El

Avg
Mph


Wgt
 
Route
Sat
Jul 16

Open


    7
200.00
1060.00

12:37:00
Est

 

13,000
77,000
Est
14.3 171

Temecula Wine Country Tour:  RSF 26 / DD / VRP / Valley View Casino Loop / VRP / Lilac Rd / Couser Cyn / Rice Cyn / Rainbow / Pachenga Casino ( 3.5 + 3.5) / Rancho California (plus 4.5 + 4.5) / Temecula loop (5 + 5) / Pachenga Casino (3.5 + 3.5) / Rainbow / Fallbrook / Mission Rd / Bonsall (2.5 + 2.5) / West Lilacs / Circle R / Bonsall (1.5 + 1.5) / Lawrence Welk / Valley Ctr Rd  / DD / CV


1st Century:  6:52 at 11:48 A.M, w/6,220 ft of climbing
2nd Century:  6:25 at 7:06 P.M. w/6,110 ft of climbing

S/F:  3:57 A.M. / 7:06 P.M.

 
July MTS

Current Standing in
Strava July MTS
at completion of Stage 5:

xx of xx,xxx

Stage 5:

      Strava Projected Route:   Click here
      Strava Actual Route:  Click here (tba)
      Daily Blog & Photos:
  Click here (tba)

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Sun
Jul 17

Rest 20.00
1080.00

1:10:00
Est
1,000
78,000
Est
15.5
171 Coast / RSF
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Mon
Jul 18

Open
    8
175.00
1280.00
12:30:00
Est
13,000
91,000
Est
15.6
169 Super Julian:  CV / RSF (10 + 10) / Del Mar (DM) / Solana Beach (SB) / Swami's / SB / CV Home / RSF / DD / VRP / Hwy 78 / Ramona / OJH / SY / Hwy 79 / S2 / San Felipe Grade (SFG) / S2 (2 + 2) / Banner Grade (BG) / Julian / SY / Ramona / HVR / DD / CV

1st Century:  7:xx at 12:xx P.M. w/8,xxx ft of climbing
2nd Century:  6:xx at 6:xx P.M. w/7,xxx ft of climbing

S/F: 4:xx A.M. / 5:xx P.M.
 
July MTS

Current Standing in
Strava July MTS
at completion of Stage 6:

xx of xx,xxx

Stage 6:

     Strava Projected Route:  Click here
     Strava Actual Route:  Click here (tba)

     Daily Blog & Photos: Click here (tba)

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Tue
Jul 19


 Rest 20.00
1300.00
1:10:00
Est
1,000
92,000
Est
15.3
171
Cost / RSF
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Wed
Jul 20

Open
    9
150.00
1500
11:55:00
Est
10,000
102,000
Est
16.3
169

Big Coastie:  RSF-20 / Coast Hwy / Crown Valley Pkwy / Trobuca Cyn / Mojesta Cyn (3.5 + 3.5) / Trabuca Cyn / Coast Hwy / CV


1st Century:  6:xx at 10:xx A.M, w/3,xxx ft of climbing
2nd Century:  6:xx at 5:xx P.M, w/6,xxx ft of climbing

S/F:  3:xx A.M. / 5:xx P.M.
 
July MTS

Current Standing in
Strava July MTS
at completion of Stage 7:

xx of xx,xxx

Stage 7:

     Strava Projected Route:  Click here (tba)
     Strava Actual Route:  Click here (tba)
     Daily Blog & Photos:  Click here

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Thu
Jul 21


 Rest 20.00
1520.00
Est
1:10:00
Est
1,000
103,000
Est
15.4 166 Coast / RSF
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Fri
Jul 22

Open
    10
130.00
1720.00
14:00:00
Est

20,
123,000
Est

14.3 165

Big Bear Lake Day 1:  Big Bear Lake / Onyx Summit / Angelus Oaks / Yaciapa / Beaumont / Banning / Idyllwild / Lake Hemet (3.4+3.4) / Idyllwild / Banning / Beaumont / Yaciapa / Angelus Oaks / Big Bear Lake


1st Century:  6:xx at 10:xx A.M, w/8,xxx ft of climbing
2nd Century:  7:xx at 7:xx P.M, w/11,xxx ft of climbing

S/F:  3:xx A.M. / 7:xx P.M.


July MTS

Current Standing in
Strava July MTS
at completion of Stage 8:

xx of xx,xxx

Stage 8

     Strava Projected Route:  Click here
     Strava Actual Route:  Click here (tba)
     Daily Blog & Photos:
  Click here

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Jim's 2016 Solo Shadow Tour Daily Blog


Stage 1:

Welcome to my 2016 Solo Shadow Tour blog.  This year, I'll try a more condensed blogging format, and avoid reporting too much play-by-play. The challenge is remembering interesting tid-bits from a 15-hour bike ride, and/or explaining their significance.  Since I also need to post to Strava and Facebook, time is very limited. Will give it my best shot.

To set the scene, the 2016 Shadow Tour opens with four 200 mile monster mountain "Stages".  Cyclists call 'em "Double Centuries".  Most public "Doubles" have fairly easy routes, since Event Organizers know that making them too difficult drives away prospective riders.  Knowing this, a few years back, I decided to include 200 mile Stages in my Shadow Tour.  But not just any route would do. I designed each stage to include the most difficult ride I know--Palomar Mountain.

Back story:  My Palomar Mountain Respect & Fear relationship started a month after I arrived in CA, in 1993. A friend, Dan Rock, showed me the South Grade Rd, an 11.6 mile fearsome climb, starting at 1,100 ft el, and finishing at about 5,300 ft el. It's a no-nonsense, continuous climb. No relief anywhere. The first 5 miles are on SR 76, with wide, lazy S-turns, and long straights, about 6-7% grade.  At "The Turn", mile 5, begins the brutal 6.6 mile ascent on South Grade Rd. It has slightly steeper inclines, 7-8%, with seemingly endless switchback turns. Again, no down sections at all.  It's so hard, there are San Diego riders--even good ones--who've never attempted it.  In ideal conditions (cool/no wind) it will make one question their faith. In July heat, it's Demonic.

All of the above is what appeals to me. There's nowhere to hide. Either you've got the juice, or you don't. South Grade Palomar Mountain (SGPM) is the equintessential "Earn it" of aggressive uphill cycling on a righteous mountain grade. I love it, because I fear it. Respect it, because it's incorruptible. And ride it often, because its a gut-check for my self-confidence & humility. I typically ride from my home on the coast (La Jolla) to the Harrah's Rincon Casino, about a mile from the base of the climb. That's a 50 mile ride due east (inland) and mostly uphill.  Then up the South Grade to the Summit, usually adding the extra 9 miles to the Palomar Mt Observatory, then back to the coast, with a 7-mile detour to bring in another gnarly climb named Cole Grade. All of that's about 116 miles.

I understand including the Palomar Mt beast in my Shadow Tour raises the difficulty bar. But just to make sure I wasn't holding back, I also add an additional climb to the top of Palomar Mt, via the slightly more gentle, East Grade.  Palomar Mt is actually a gigantic North-South wall, separating the mild Coastal environment from the much drier, and hotter, inland desert highlands.  The far East side of Palomar Mt, around 2,500 ft el, is dry, brown, and harsh.  It's sparsely populated, with few services, such as gas stations, or restaurants.  In the July heat, it's so hot even the locusts leave town.  Naturally, this area was my choice for adding the extra 80 miles to stretch out the distance to an honorable 200 mile Stage.

Stage 1 blog starts here:  Rolled out at 2:30 am.

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  Stage 2:

xxxxx More fierce high temperatures awaited me inland on Stage 2.  If that wasn't enough intimidation, I was still jaded from the Stage 1 joust with Mother Nature.

Rolled off at 3:44 A.M.  xxxxxx



 
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Stage 3:



 

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  Stage 4:

xxxxx Stage 4 pushed back hard.  In previous Shadow Tours, the 4th Stage on Palomar Mt has been the best day.  I had high hopes for a repeat. 


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  Stage 5:

xxxxx Got going on Stage 5 at 3:47 A.M. xxxxx

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  Stage 6:

xxxxx Another heavy legs day in the mountains.  Got a 4:00 A.M. start and felt okay xxxxx 
                                   




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Stage 7:
                                               
                                                                                            
 

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Stage 8: 

xxxxxThe capstone high mountain stage blasted off at 3:46 A.M.  Temps were in the low 50's F, which was fine for cycling.  On the first 6 mile segment along Big Bear Lake, I had the road to myself. 
 

                                                                                   

 
   
 
 

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Stage 9:

xxxxx After a miraculous recovery from the Stage 8 crash, I rearranged my last two stages.  Decided to do a Double Century on the Coast to minimized difficult terrain.  Rolled at 3:58 A.M. with a 20 mile warm-up through Rancho Santa Fe. xxxxx



 


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Stage 10:

xxxxx The Champagne Stage got underway at 3:57 A.M.  I needed just 67 miles to match the total distance of the 2013 Tour De France, so naturally, I decided to ride a Double Century.  xxxxx

 
 
 

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2015 Solo Shadow Tour Recap (Coming at end)

2014 Solo Shadow Tour Recap







         



              
Total Avg 
Climbing  
Elev.

Date Day Stage Miles To Date  
Time Speed Elevation To Date Start Finish











29-Jun Sat 1 200.11 200.11 13:43:51 14.57 15,806 15,806 3:48 6:55
30-Jun Sun
30.58 230.69 2:00:53 15.18 1,756 17,562

1-Jul Mon 2 200.11 430.80 13:32:57 14.77 15,880 33,442 3:44 6:41
2-Jul Tue
30.21 461.01 1:59:34 15.16 1,700 35,142

3-Jul Wed 3 200.13 661.14 13:31:15 14.80 15,585 50,727 3:45 6:36
4-Jul Thu
30.54 691.68 1:56:16 15.76 1,761 52,488

5-Jul Fri 4 200.15 891.83 13:59:03 14.31 15,963 68,451 3:16 6:04
6-Jul Sat
68.44 960.27 4:24:47 15.51 4,724 73,175

7-Jul Sun 5 103.55 1,063.82 7:12:27 14.37 7,128 80,303 3:47 11:09
8-Jul Mon
75.02 1,138.84 4:50:29 15.50 4,644 84,947

9-Jul Tue 6 175.29 1,314.13 12:24:33 14.13 12,797 97,744 4:00 5:41
10-Jul Wed
64.51 1,378.64 4:11:44 15.38 3,790 101,534

11-Jul Thu 7 121.33 1,499.97 7:26:24 16.31 7,640 109,174 4:01 8:54
12-Jul Fri
54.58 1,554.55 3:32:33 15.41 3,246 112,420

13-Jul Sat 8 200.44 1,754.99 14:20:21 13.98 19,989 122,281 3:46 7:24
14-Jul Sun
20.21 1,775.20 1:26:05 14.09 1,412 123,693

15-Jul Mon 9 200.06 1,975.26 12:09:24 16.46 9,861 143,682 3:58 5:12
16-Jul Tue
45.49 2,020.75 3:11:56 14.22 3,227 146,909

17-Jul Wed 10 200.69 2,221.44 
13:16:47 15.11 12,330 159,239 3:57 
7:06














2,221.44
149:11:19 14.89 159,239 
1.3576%

                     
Shadow Tour Recaps & Records







 











 
Year: 2004 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 











 
Age: 43 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54
Miles: 2,111 2,274 2,222 2,189 2,140 2,267 2,132 2,167 2,221 2,283 2,237
Time: 142:06:00 
143:31:33 
149:51:55 
137:21:16 
129:28:28 
135:22:09 
130:46:55 
138:47:01 
149:11:19 
144:24:02 
140:50:48 
Avg mph: 14.85 15.84 14.83 15.94 16.53 16.75 16.31 15.62 14.89 15.81 15.89
Ft Climbed: 
107,460 126,772 134,970 142,891 150,022 155,485 149,887 162,464 159,239 171,450 149,924
Gradient: 0.8900% 1.0558% 1.1501% 1.2705% 1.3274% 1.2989% 1.3312% 1.4197% 1.3576% 1.4221% 1.2691%
Start Wt: 190 192 200 188 182 180 178 178 174 170 174
Finish Wt: 172 179 186 175 170 167 165 167 166 163 167
Wt Lost: 18 lbs 13 lbs 14 lbs 13 lbs 12 lbs 12 lbs 13 lbs 11 lbs 8 lbs 7 lbs 7 lbs
Doubles 0 1 6 5 1 2 3 5 7 10 10
Flat Tires: 1 1 1 1 2 3 0 1 1 4 1
Days: 23 23 23 22 22 21 19 19 19 19 19
Field: JK & LG Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo Solo
                       
Bold Red indicates Shadow Tour Record

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Jim's 2016 Solo Shadow Tour Background

this year's "Shadow Tour" of the Tour de France, will repeat last year's 10 Double Century Stages format in just 19 days.  The TDF is an annual professional bicycle race held in France, crossing into Italy, Spain, Belgium, and England.  The race covers 2,200+ miles in 21 stages, with 2 travel/rest days. The 2016 TDF dates are Jul 2 - July 24. My personal Shadow Tour starts on Jul 2nd, covers the same distance, has substantially more elevation, finishes 4 days earlier, and is held entirely in So Cal.  The plan is to ride 10 massive 200-mile Stages, alternating with single 20 mi "rest days".  The 10 x 200 mi Stages represent my spin on the "CA Triple Crown,"  a series of 3 Double Century rides completed in a 12-month period.  The Shadow Tour's first 4 stages, aka 4 Kings, each include 2 ascents of the ferocious Palomar Mt (South Grade + East Grade).  Average speed is a lower priority with this much climbing, heat, and mileage, but I'd like to keep it above 16 mph. All 10 previous solo replicas were successful (2004, 2006 - 2014). If you conclude this is all routine--trust me, it's not. This is extreme ultra-distance, ultra-climbing, in July's blazing heat, in So Cal's inland desert & mountain regions, with many, many dangerous elements; so an important disclaimer: Do Not attempt this!

At my end, I have 28 years of cycling and racing experience in all types of terrain and weather, especially in sizzling desert environments and advanced mountain cycling. I'm a lifelong conditioned athlete. I know every stage by heart, with no need for a map. I've mentally mapped nearly every crease in the asphalt, studied traffic flows of every mile of the route, and know how, and when, to make adjustments, as necessary.

My traditional venue for the Solo Shadow Tour is So Cal, from along the Mexican border to the south, north through San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties, east through Imperial County, and west along the Pacific coastline on Historic Highway 101. The 2015 Shadow Tour will match all the total riding distance and far exceed the total climbing elevation of the actual TDF.

In 2004, Shadow Tour Co-Founder Larry Gitman, and I embarked on an adventure to replicate the entire Shadow Tour as a rigid mirror image of the real 2004 TDF. I discovered that precisely replicating the modern-era TDF format was not challenging enough. For example, in France, pro cyclists start about noon each day, following a huge breakfast/lunch, morning spin, and massage. The pelaton rides at a relatively fast tempo, but well within the capabilities of trained professional cyclists. They average about 180 km/day (about 4-5 hrs). There are 2 rest days. Most stages are about 100 miles in length.

The real TDF has exciting early stage sprint finishes, which cannot be re-created. The middle and late stages separate the leaders from the pelaton on just a few difficult high alp mountain passes. Further separations occur in Team & Individual Time Trials. Unfortunately, the last several years, with 3-4 stages remaining, the final podium rankings were relatively "fixed". Doping has, sadly, continued to plague the event. Both issues I find utterly detestible. In 2009, TDF organizers finally intervened by situating the brutal Mt Ventoux high mountain stage one day prior to the traditional "Champagne Spin" to Paris, along with other measures, to make the race more of a true competition. In my opinion,it needs many more reforms, starting with ethics training and a much more selective process for inclusion of well-qualified riders and teams in the event.

In stark contrast, the original 1903 Tour De France--the one that started it all--had just 5 monster stages of 400 Km each, plus a final gruesome 480 km finishing stage to Paris. The race was spread out over 19 days. They rode on unimproved crushed gravel roads, on heavy steel bicycles, with just two gears: a large ring on one side of the rear wheel and a small ring on the other. To change gears, a rider stopped and turned the wheel around. Outside support was not permitted. They rode day and night in all weather conditions. There were no team tactics, every rider rode to win on every stage. In the late 1960's and early 1970's the legendary Eddy Merckx "The Cannibal" rode with a ravenous Will-to-Win. In his first TDF in 1969, and again in 1970, he scorched the field. He won the Sprinter's Jersey, the King of the Mountains Jersey, and the overall winner's Yellow Jersey. He won the Tour de France five times, the Giro d'Italia five times, and the Vuelta a Espana once, tallying 11 Grand Tour victories. Eddy Merckx remains the greatest cyclist of all time, well beyond the accomplishments of all other multiple tour champions including recent multiple TDF winners.

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