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About Sarah & Max

Sarah & Max enjoy endurance challenges in the outdoors. Over the past 12 years they have both run over 10 marathons and cycled over 10,000 miles. Now they are attempting to cycle the entire Tour de France, exactly as the pros do, 2 days ahead of the pro Tour. Daunted - yes? Ready - maybe?...

Vive Le Tour

Sunday 24 July Paris Today was all about watching the real Tour arrive in Paris, so we had a leisurely morning of breakfast and an art exhibition, then walked miles around crowd barriers to get our place in the Grand … Continue reading

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Ooh la la c’est fait! (stage 21)

Saturday 23 July  – Creteil to Paris Champs Elysées Tour says “flat”, we say – yes, just a cruise into central Paris Miles cycled: 54, Average speed (mph): 11.5, Max speed (mph): 28.1, Time pedalling: 4hr 38 mins We found … Continue reading

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Interlude: watching the other Tour

Friday 22 July – Bourg d’Oisans Having made a plan du grand cunning a week or so ago, we picked up a car in Grenoble (after compulsive enormous breakfast in spite of not cycling today) and headed to Bourg at … Continue reading

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Grenoble time trial (stage 20)

Thursday 21 July – Grenoble time trial Tour says “individual time trial”, we say – just a marathon on a bike – let’s hope it seems this short when we’re back running?! Miles cycled: 29, Average speed (mph): 13.1, Max … Continue reading

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Snow Go – Part Deux- From despair to triumph (Stage 19)

Wednesday 20 July – Modane to L’Alpe d’Huez Tour says “high mountains”, we say Yes Miles cycled: 71, Average speed (mph): 11.8, Max speed (mph): 38.6, Time pedalling: 5hr 58mins Today’s stage was not going to be hard to complete … Continue reading

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Snow go (stage 18)

Tuesday 19 July – Pinerolo to Col du Galibier Tour says “high mountains”, we say so high they’re covered in snow Miles cycled: 69, Average speed (mph): 12.2, Max speed (mph): 27.6 Time pedalling: 5hr 25 We knew today was … Continue reading

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Cross country cycle (stage 17)

Monday 18 July – Gap to Pinerolo Tour says “high mountains”, we say – yes, magnificent mountains Miles cycled: 112, Average speed (mph): 14.5, Max speed (mph): 38.3, Time pedalling: 7 hrs 40 An inspiring start to the day cycling … Continue reading

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Prevailing through the rain (stage 16)

Sunday 17 July – Saint Paul les 3 Chateaux to Gap Tour says “medium mountains”, we say – heading to the hills Miles cycled: 102, Average speed (mph): 15.6, Max speed (mph): 31.7, Time pedalling: 6 hr 28 It’s never … Continue reading

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Hooray for rest day

Really enjoyed our second official rest day. We got the jobs out of the way in the morning, splitting into a mechanics & a laundry group – very satisfying to have bikes & kit spotless (& ready for tomorrow’s predicted … Continue reading

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Long hot Languedoc (Stage 15)

Friday 15 July – Limoux to Montpellier Tour says “flat”, we say yes, phew! Miles cycled: 117, Average speed (mph): 16.4, Max speed (mph): 38.7, Time pedalling: 7hrs After the battering that our legs have taken in the last few … Continue reading

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