L' Etape du Tour - for the bad climbers

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It seems the hard core climbers have a great day of commiserating laid out before watching the The Alp De Huez stage Saturday night. But why should the skinny guys have all the fun??

I propose a day of climbing for the gravitationally challenged, finishing at Garrison (with the others) or RT Central Park where we can compare maximum descent speeds.

Pace would be expected to be about 17/18 on the flats, climbs would be somewhat slower. We could cover Le Cote de River Road, Col de Bradley/Tweed followed by Alpe de South Mountain (in case of a Garrison return). Depending on time Alpe de Perkins could be added.

If the climbers mock us at the Water Street Bar that evening we can challenge them to caber tossing, bench pressing etc.

Should be a good laugh.

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Chris Taeger (not verified)
Mo' Mountains, Mo' Mountains, Mo' Mountains!

Michael's idea works for me. It could include Aauugggh de Ash Street, and there could be contests for 1) lowest RPMs without falling over and 2) slowest time up Mont Tor Petite.

But if you go down to the Water Bar Saturday night, you won't see Stage 8. That happens on Sunday.

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Michael (not verified)
I meant Sunday

Noticed my the error, I do mean Sunday... though we could start the skinny guys route on Saturday and finsh with them on Sunday and then go to the bar.

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John Z (not verified)
The Route

Actually, a route more for very good roleurs than skinny guys...

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Michael (not verified)
I stand corrected

the good climbers will hereafter be referred to as roleurs...

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Carol Wood (not verified)
Would that be...

"...""rouleurs""? No ""roleur"" listed in my Micro Robert.

However, the verb ""rouler"" is to advance by means of wheels, doesn't specify flat or incline. Perhaps this essentially means that the good climbers are the ones who spin well. (How's that for a wild guess?)

Hey John, how about including a lexicon of cycling terminology on the back of your cue sheet for Sunday?"

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John Z (not verified)

"Mispelling on my part. A ""roleur"" is the type of cyclist who can power for very, very long distances. Typically, roleurs are the type of rider that wins a Classic. Roleurs are also good time-trialists, and depending on the mountain, reasonably good climbers. Laurent Jalabert late in his career is a good example of a roleur.
There is the special catagory ""super roleur"" of which Jan Ullrich is the best example."

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<a href="http://www.OhReallyOreilly.com">Peter O'Reilly</a> (not verified)
Bobke speak

"The real origin of the word ""roleur"" is due to a misinterpretation by the French press while interviewing Bob Roll soon after his 7-Eleven teammate took the yelloh jerzey becoming the ""ruler of the day"" at the Tour Day France."

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