What is the Etape ? Well, it’s July 11th 2011. In France. Over some mountains. On a bike.
There’s some information here on the Official Site .
That’s kind of all in French, so some of you may still be none the wiser. Wikipedia always helps.
or more detail, try here Kev’s Page
Here’s a gruesom looking map just to scare the bejeejies out of us.
So that’s what it is. 109km’s of serious up and just as serious down across some rather large hills in the French Alps, including 21 hair pins in the final section. That would be mountains then. On a bike. All the while, trying not to be caught napping and whisked into the back of the sweeper van. Finishing in the bus is not an option we want to consider.