10 Days till it starts, with the Grand Departure from Yorkshire this year, can’t wait for the continued cycle of sleep deprivation, which if your interested, is
- the condition of being robbed of sleep, in real life or in experiment, as opposed to being unable to sleep
- a form of psychological torture inflicted by depriving the victim of sleep
Thought so, we’r’e the victims here.
2015 Tour down Under:- ADELAIDE 17 – 25 January 2015
As you probably know, the dates were released some time back, but what you wouldn’t have seen are the routes. Whilst not officially released for a few months yet, draft routes show some big changes for the next summer, with the intention to make it even more accessible for tourists and locals based in Adelaide. The routes where possible pay homage to the rides locals gravitate towards whilst at the same time allowing easier access and viewing opportunities for all.
Here they are:
Sunday 18th January – SA Great Classic
North Adelaide Loop
Tuesday 20th January – GHD Stage 1 Semaphore to Seppeltsfield: 139.4 km +1502 m
Ridewithgps – 2015 TdU Stage 1
- Lap around Outer Harbour
- Birkenhead Bridge
- Par Wirra National Park – gravel climb over to Williamstown
- Menglers Hill
- Seppeltsfield Arrival
Wednesday 21st January – Wednesday Legs Stage 2 Woodside to Stirling: 162.6 km +3309 m
Ridewithgps 2015 TdU Stage 2
- Lobbie road from Lenswood to Ashton
- Greenhill Road Descent
- Eagle on the Hill ascent
- Climb across Mt Lofty
- Expanded Stirling Route encompassing Ironbank and Aldgate Valley Drive
Thursday 22nd January – Velo Porte Stage 3 Victor Harbor to Belair: 183.4 km +2751 m
Ridewithgps 2015 TdU Stage 3
- Victor Depart
- Main South Road descent into Normanville
- Sellicks Hill descent
- Windy Point
Friday 23rd January – Procyclingtours Stage 4 Glenelg to Norton: 140.4 km +3457 m
Ridewithgps 2015 TdU Stage 4
- Glenelg Depart
- Chandlers Hill
- Belair National Park
- Piccadilly Valley (2 1/2 loops)
- Pound Road/Knotts Hill
- Norton Arrival (2 loops)
Saturday 24th January – McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill (Traditional Route)
Sunday 25th January – Victoria Park Loop
Oh yeah, say goodbye Skoda and Hello Subaru. The Santos Tour Down Under has signed Subaru Australia as the event’s new vehicle sponsor.
2014 TdF Hors climbs
The first half of this years Tour is flat, by my standards, but after the first week it starts to get a bit lumpy before it hits the Alps in stage 13. After that it is a succession of mountain climbs before the penultimate time trial and then into Paris.
So, team tactics in delivering the gc contenders through the first few weeks will be crucial.
This years above category (Hors) climbs are:
Stage 13 – Saint-Étienne / Chamrousse 197.5KM
The Chamrousse – Sud is situated in Rhone-Alpes and belongs to the Alps . Starting from Uriage les Bains, the Chamrousse – Sud ascent is 19 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1235 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.5 %.
Stage 14 – Grenoble / Risoul 177KM
The Col de l’Izoard is situated in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and belongs to the Alps . Starting from Briançon, the Col de l’Izoard ascent is 20 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1141 meters. The average percentage is 5.7 %.
Stage 16 – Carcassonne / Bagnères-de-Luchon 237.5KM
The Port de Bales is situated in Midi-Pyrenees and belongs to the Pyrenees . Starting from Mauléon Barousse, the Port de Bales ascent is 18.87 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1185 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.3 %.
Stage 17 – Saint-Gaudens / Saint-Lary Pla d’Adet 124.5KM
The Le Plat d’Adet is situated in Midi-Pyrenees and belongs to the Pyrenees . Starting from Vignec, the Le Plat d’Adet ascent is 10.73 km long. Over this distance, you climb 861 heightmeters. The average percentage is 8 %.
Stage 18 – Pau / Hautacam 145.5KM
The Col du Tourmalet is situated in Midi-Pyrenees and belongs to the Pyrenees . Starting from Sainte Marie de Campan, the Col du Tourmalet ascent is 17.2 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1268 heightmeters. The average percentage is 7.4 %.
The Hautacam is situated in Midi-Pyrenees and belongs to the Pyrenees . Starting from Argelès Gazost, the Hautacam ascent is 17.3 km long. Over this distance, you climb 1170 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 6.8 %.
In case you were wondering – here they are!
till next week