L'Etape du Tour -- New York Style

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"Due to the overwhelming success of Scott's cobbles ride and post-ride festivities watching Paris-Roubaix, I am offering to organize a similar event during the Tour.

Saturday, July 13 is the Alpe d'Huez stage, with an OLN rebroadcast at 5:00 PM. This is a high mountain stage, and to offer the flavor of such I propose the following options:

1) Boathouse->Seven Lakes->106->17->Arden Valley Road->Seven Lakes->106->9W->Seven Lakes->Perkins. With an 8:00 AM start and one very short stop, there should be plenty of time to catch the 2:02 PM train out of Garrison so all can get to the Water Street bar by 5:00 PM. For a local route, this would provide a nice sense of what the real stage is like.

2) For those desiring something closer to the real thing, I know of a brutal 90 mile route in the Adirondacks, ending with a climb of Whiteface Mountain, which very, very closely approximates the length and grade of Alpe d'Huez. Alpe d'Huez is 8.7 miles, 8%; Whiteface is 8 miles, 8.4%, a bit shorter but steeper. This route has close to 10, 000 vertical feet of climbing. I would coordinate stage viewing with one of my contacts up there.

Option #1 is the most practical, Option #2 the most ""realistic."" Option #1 requires no travel; Option #2 would require a weekend commitment, and may prove repetitive for those participating in the June 21 Whiteface hillclimb race."

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ScottD (not verified)
66 Water

If the turnout is as good as last Sunday, I'm certain that we can return to 66 Water Street. One of the owners stepped in as we were clearing out and he was quite impressed. This time we had the flat screen, next time we may get the projector set-up.

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John Z (not verified)

After talking with several riders, Option #2, while the most realistic, is logistically difficult. Therefore, I will concentrate planning around Option #1, a hilly one-way ride to Bear Mountain with a train return to the city.

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