Many of you will know, but many also not, that Alison was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 18 and lived with this condition throughout her adult years. This is the version of diabetes that is totally unrelated to lifestyle, and usually starts in teenage or youth years.
This was undoubtedly the major reason for her consequent chronic heart disease. It is really important for me to raise money for JDRF, which is a key organisation raising money for research into this area.
I have decided to ride what is called the Etape du Tour in July, which is an organised ride of what is usually considered the toughest stage of the Tour de France. This will take place on Sunday 11th July from Megeve to Morzine and consists of 146 kilometres of riding over four mountain passes including 3,335 metres (10,643 feet) of fierce climbing. Oh, and in the heat of a French summer. See below for more on the route.
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Demanding Etape du Tour 2016 route
With a course mirroring the penultimate stage of this year’s race, the 24th edition of the Etape du Tour will take place from Megeve to Morzine on Sunday July 10
With four climbs packed in, the 146km route is set to represent a significant challenge to the 15,000 sportive riders expected to take part with, only 20km of flat terrain between the Col des Aravis, Col de la Colombiere, Col de la Ramaz and Col de Joux Plane.
The 11.6km ascent of the Joux Plane is the toughest – and final – ascent on the route, boasting an average gradient of 8.5 per cent, with some slopes ramping up as sharply as 12 per cent as you climb to 1,691m.
And that’s only the icing on the cake, with the Col des Aravis offering an 11.5km ascent at an average of five percent, the Col de la Colombiere 11.7km at 5.9 per cent and the Ramaz a punishing 16km at 6.1 per cent to soften the legs before the Joux Plane finale and descent into Morzine.
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