Okay so it’s cooling down (rapidly) in most of Australia but we are warming up to the Tour de France. From July 7th to July 29 all sporting eyes will be off Russia and firmly on France.
2018 marks the 105th Tour of endurance and the numbers are exciting!
Not all will finish, not every kilometre will be clocked by some. So how about you? Are you ready for the race of endurance, because in the land down under the Tour is a unique marathon of its own.
Twenty-one nights propping your eyelids open with toothpicks then, somehow, getting through a workday.
So what is the trick to staying awake to see the Le Tour through?
For inspiration we’ve turned to the tour riders themselves to get some tips on what they do to go the distance.
To keep up with the pros, you need to think and act like a pro. Here is how we suggest scheduling your evening to get you to the end of each stage, then making the most of your sleep time before work, so you can back up night after night!
If you have annual leave you are not using for anything else (like an actual trip to France) then now is a good time to take a well earned break, maybe go down the coast or into the hills for some leisurely riding in the fresh air and spend your evenings tucked up at night under the covers to watch the elite riders do what they do best.
If you can’t get out of work then endurance is key.
If you just can’t manage the whole tour then pick your stages carefully or plan for two big binge nights a week. Have your not to be missed sessions highlighted on your calendar, like Alpe d’Huez for example. Get a good night sleep the night before and arrange with your boss to come in a bit later or work from home the day after.
Just because we have a time difference penalty doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy some of the best cycling of the year.
Waking up fresh as a daisy and ready for your own ride after a big stage? That’s freedom!