There are hundreds of sportives in the UK, you could take on a different challenge event every weekend if you were so inclined. However, there are only a handful of must-ride, iconic sportives that have become a fixture in the cycling calendar. The Fred Whitton Challenge stands out from the pack, now in its 20th year the 114 miles cover some stunning terrain, offer spectacular views around every corner and strike fear into the hearts of all but the hardest of riders. Part 1: Meet the Team Alpecin riders training to take on L’Etape du Tour 2019 Part 2: Team Alpecin conquer road descents The team chose to ride together. Immediate Media 2,500 cyclists set out every year to test themselves against the course. The fastest will be back in just under six hours, but it’s not uncommon to record 10 plus hours. Luckily for this year’s event the weather was fair, adding rain into the mix would bring another level of suffering. The Team Alpecin riders were all Fred-newbies. For Marie-Louise Kertzman the 114 miles distance would be her longest ride and for Michael Rammell the 3,700m of climbing would be an elevation PB. Any endurance event can be daunting. With the main climbs taking the limelight it can be easy to neglect nutrition and pacing. And let’s not forget, with an elevation gain comes descending, in the case of the Fred Whitton the descents demand 100 percent concentration. Team Alpecin part 2 | conquering road descents Leading up to the event the nerves and doubts steadily built, weather forecasts were being checked every few hours, praying for dry roads. Ride reports from previous years, social media tips and advice were consumed, looking for any encouragement possible. Nerves were palpable and all the talk was focused on the ride. In total there are 10 named climbs on the route. Fears, doubts and planning “In the week before I felt nervous but excited about the event,” says Nick Mayer, “but as the weekend arrived I started to become more nervous and I began to doubt my own abilities. “I think as a team we spent so much time talking about how hard it looked and I was reading things on social media platforms that only seemed to hype up the difficulty even more. I think that is what the Fred Whitton Challenge does to people — it’s such a notorious ride in the cycling scene, known for being the hardest in the UK; it casts doubt in people’s minds.” Nick Mayer. © Henning Angerer How each rider deals with fear or self-doubt is unique, telling a teammate not to worry are just hollow words. The only way to really conquer fear is to grab your bike and get stuck in. So, after registering on the Saturday the team stretched their legs with a 40km ride around Grasmere, guided by a couple of riders from Kendal CC with the aim of getting some local knowledge and boosting the confidence. The route took in the final climb of the Fred Whitton, Blea Tarn, which serves up stunning views that will signal the end of the climbing on Sunday. However, the road signs warning of 30 percent plus sent shivers down the spine. “After the ride we sat down as a team and went through the route together, discussing different climbs, descents and areas where we could recover,” says Nick. “Having the local knowledge was absolutely invaluable.” Marie-Louise conquering pre sportive nerves. Up and up It’s difficult to talk about nerves without mentioning Hardknott and Wrynose. The double header climb is the blockbuster conclusion to the ride. Steep, narrow, bumpy and full of other riders. The combination is the stuff of nightmares especially after 98 miles and numerous ascents. Talking to the local riders, they were very keen to highlight how dangerous the descents are and how much respect you need to show every section. It’s easy to get fixated with Hardknott. You see countless images of riders straining every sinew to crawl up the toughest sections. However, there is more to the Fred Whitton than the final climb. The team ride up some of the toughest climbs on the sportive. In total, riders tackle 3,700 meters of climbing, which is a big day out by anyone’s standards. When you realise the most height gained in one climb is just 298m it gives you an indication of just how many peaks you have to scale. The climbs are very similar in character: relatively short, very steep and narrow with a consistent, awe-inspiring backdrop. The difficulty level is taken to 11 when you add in hundreds of other riders sharing the small roads, everyone in their own private battle to get to the top. The differing speeds and styles can offer a new challenge at any moment. Your concentration needs to be sky high, ratcheting up the fatigue. Training for the event saw the team heading to any local hill to get some muscle memory in the legs. However, finding hills with similar gradients is much easier said than done… Marie-Louise Kertzman © Henning Angerer “I made sure to tackle as many hard climbs as possible during training,” says Marie-Louise, “luckily, there are plenty to choose from near Bath and I felt I was ready for most of the climbs come race day. Well, except for Hardknott. There’s no preparing for Hardknott. I definitely feared that one!” Busy climbs Another of the toughest climbs on the route is Honister with early ramps hitting 25 percent plus, the fact that the climb comes relativity early in the ride means a swarm of riders will keep you company. “I didn’t like the climb up Honister as there were simply too many people on such a narrow road and I couldn’t get into my own rhythm.” Nick reports. “I wasn’t worried about my ability to get up the climb but more concerned with the people around me. There are plenty of other riders on the climbs. Immediate Media “There was a lady in front of me, and she was out of the saddle, pushing hard but she seemed to be going backwards, I could see my front wheel getting closer and closer to her back wheel. A gap opened and I had to put in more effort than I would have liked so early in the ride, but I needed to get past for my own safety!” In total there are 10 named climbs on the route, they tend to merge into one another with only the most savage or scenic standing out. However, the cumulative effect of that number of short steep climbs really take its toll and pacing and nutrition are key to surviving the ascents and finishing strongly. Fuel for the ride “One thing I’ve struggled with is pacing on long climbs, but the issue with pacing wasn’t just restricted to long climbs – rather efforts in general,” says Michael. “I always get giddy and excited and start too fast, which usually leaves me empty with too much of the ride to go. I recognised after around 50 miles or so that I had probably worked too hard up to that point and had fallen foul, once again, of my own lack of pacing discipline.” Michael Rammell. © Henning Angerer The team had decided to ride as a group as much as possible, there are sections of the route, such as the A66 drag, where riding in the wheels will save energy. On the climbs everyone was free to ride at their pace but would re-group as soon as possible on the flat sections. A target time of eight hours seemed realistic and achievable with an average pace of 14mph: well within the riders’ capabilities. Kendal CC had advised against using the official feed stops, the first comes at 50 miles into the ride and is positioned just before the testing climb of Newlands Pass. A target time of eight hours seemed realistic, with an average pace of 14mph Climbing with cold legs and a full belly isn’t a great combination; also 50 miles into the ride would run the risk of under fuelling. The team decided to go for three stops at 30, 60 and 100 miles. A military operation on the Saturday had prepared three boxes of bottles, bagels, jelly babies and various snacks. These were divvied out to kind volunteers to be distributed on race day. This allowed for constant fluid and food intake from the start, with Marie-Louise giving reminders to keep eating. The benefits of good fuelling were felt at the end of the route. The benefits of good fuelling were felt at the end of the route. After the last few climbs there were a few gaps between the team but all the riders finished strongly setting a good pace on the flat sections back into Grasmere. “I ate religiously during this ride, right from the start, even when I really didn’t want to,” says Marie-Louise. “It was harder than I imagined, but it seriously paid off. I didn’t bonk and I had as much power in the final hour as I did in the first, which astonished me.” A downward spiral Needless to say, with short steep climbs come short steep descents. It’s rare to climb hills over 30 percent unless, of course, you are a true sadist, even the local riders told us they don’t tackle Hardknott on a regular basis. However, tackling descents over 30 percent was a totally new experience for the team. Steep and twisty with a bumpy road surface made for a true test of brake pads and arm muscles. Normally, the descent is the time to get some rest and power back in the legs. In the Lakes that really isn’t the case and the organisers and marshalls are exceptionally keen to highlight the myriad dangers that are lurking around every corner – cattle grids, pot holes, off-camber turns. The Fred Whitton route has it all and is a true test of endurance and bike handling. Because the descents got steeper and gnarlier as the ride went on, I can’t say I got more confident as time went on that day Over the 20 years since the inaugural Fred Whitton Challenge took place there have been many wet and soggy race days. How anyone manages to complete the descents from Honister, Hardknott and Wrynose in one piece is truly astounding. Tales of riders having to slide down on their bums make perfect sense. Certainly, walking down these hills in cleats would be totally horrendous. “Because the descents got steeper and gnarlier as the ride went on, I can’t say I got more confident as time went on that day,” says Marie-Louise. “However, now having completed the Fred Whitton Challenge, I feel much more confident in my ability to cope with the busiest and steepest descent.” A sting in the tail As mentioned earlier, the Fred Whitton Challenge finishes with the double-header of Hardknott and Wrynose. The whole route demands respect but the most feared and highly anticipated section comes at 98 miles. A line of riders snaking up the pass highlights what lies ahead, an average gradient of 13 percent doesn’t fool anyone, this climb is a beast and the early ramps of 25 percent sap the energy. If you make it past the first set of corners the gradient eases for a while before you are soon climbing sections well over 30 percent. Head down and pushing on up the FW climbs. “The sheer gradient forced me to adopt a strange position on the bike,” remembers Michael, “trying to stop the front wheel leaving the road but as others will attest; you do whatever works for you to get to the top.” “There was no settling into a rhythm or routine, it was just simply a case of dragging myself up whichever way I could and it certainly wasn’t pretty!” contemplates Nick. “I got to one hairpin and I thought, ‘That’s it, I can’t do anymore, just get off and walk’ but then heard someone shout, ‘Come on, this is the last hard part’, which gave me such a fantastic boost of confidence that I dug deep and continued.” Once over Hardknott, the challenge is not over as Wrynose awaits the weary riders. This is the easier side of the Wrynose climb and compared to what has just passed it is something of a respite. However, there is little time to recover and your legs certainly won’t thank you for another ascent. A relaxed post-ride atmosphere in Grasmere. The Fred Whitton Challenge is a special event, the atmosphere at the start/finish in Grasmere is relaxed and friendly with a very down-to-earth feel. No hype or over-the-top theatrics are needed. The location and route speak for themselves. The locals have taken the event to their hearts with shouts of encouragement and support from 6am until the last riders are finished some 11 hours later. Cheering crowds on the climbs, supportive marshals at every turn and even car drivers waving in support. It is going to take something very special to top that as a weekend of cycling. The support from locals for riders is astonishing. Immediate Media
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Virgin, Utah (July 11, 2019) – Red Bull Rampage, the most challenging event in Freeride Mountain Biking, promises to make the 2019 iteration the greatest spectator and athlete experience in its storied history. To ensure spectators have an epic time, two great ticket options are available to guarantee an unforgettable experience. Attendees have two options to choose from, traditional General Admission, and Rampage Experience. General Admission requires bike-in access, includes a bike valet, and unbelievable views of the competition. The Rampage Experience package offers a guided hike to the Rampage course start the day before the event, shuttles to and from the event site, bike valet, a Friday lunch voucher and a seven-day Zion National Park pass. Tickets will be released on Monday, July 15th at 1:00 PM PST at: https://www.strideevents.com/events/red-bull-rampage/2019/register (Additional GA tickets will be released on 9/15 and 10/15.) TICKETING PACKAGE DETAILS GENERAL ADMISSION - $65 PLUS TAXES AND FEES Friday event access; Bike valet. RAMPAGE EXPERIENCE TICKET – $500 PLUS TAXES AND FEES Friday event access; Guided group hike to the event start; Shuttle access to and from the event site on both days; Bike valet access; Lunch voucher for both days; Preferred viewing during finals; Seven-day Zion National Park pass; Signature Rampage merchandise item. MINORS PERMITTED ONLY IF 16+ AND ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT. Red Bull Rampage is supported by Kia Motors America, BFGoodrich, Utah Sports Commission, Venmo and Red Hydrogen. More information on Red Bull Rampage can be found here: redbull.com/us-en/events/rampage SPECTATOR ADVISORY Red Bull Rampage features the world’s greatest riders tackling the most intense terrain of any contest on the planet – no novices here. The same applies for spectators; this event is not for casual observers. The new Red Bull Rampage venue was chosen for its ability to challenge the riders and push their limits, so it is remote, hot, unforgiving and dangerous. No transportation from the parking lot to the venue will be provided. From the lot, it is four miles to the contest venue over uneven desert terrain that you will either have to hike or pedal. If you ride it, you’ll need to check your bike at the on-site bike valet once you reach the contest venue, no exceptions. The good news is that both ticket options offer free bike valet! Spectators will be required to stay within the designated viewing areas at the base of the course near the finish line. No pets allowed, and non-adult spectators are not recommended. All on-site rules and requirements are necessary to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment. If you decide to attend, pack plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, extra layers of clothing, basic first-aid gear, and a flashlight/headlamp as no provisions will be available on-site. In other words, treat it like an unsupported weekend ride with your buddies. Just think ahead, be smart, and come prepared to have an amazing time. ABOUT RED BULL RAMPAGE Featuring a world-class broadcast team including Sal Masekela, Pat Parnell, Tina Dixon and freeride mountain biking legend Cam McCaul, Red Bull Rampage coverage begins Friday, October 25th at 9:00am PST/Noon EST, live and on-demand on Red Bull TV. Red Bull TV is distributed digitally as an app across mobile phones, tablets, consoles, OTT devices, Smart TVs and online atwww.redbull.tv. ABOUT RED BULL TV Red Bull TV features beyond the ordinary live events and videos featuring inspirational stories covering sports, music and lifestyle entertainment. Anytime, anywhere. Red Bull TV is available on the web, connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices, and more. Accessible via the web at www.redbull.tv and its Android, iOS and Windows Phone applications, Red Bull TV is also available as a pre-installed channel on Apple TV and Samsung Smart TVs and as a free, downloadable app on Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Roku Players, Roku TV models and Xbox consoles. ABOUT THE MARZOCCHI PROVING GROUNDS Tickets for the inaugural Marzocchi Proving Grounds presented by 5.10 the same day as Red Bull Rampage: July 15th. The event will be the first official athlete qualifier for the 2019 Red Bull Rampage. The event will take place at Oregon Dirt Park, just east of Bend, OR, on September 6th – 8th. The action packed mountain bike festival weekend, will include top pros at Black Sage which is part of the FEST series on Saturday, September 7th and Proving Grounds on Sunday the 8th. The festival will offer individual ticket sales as well as weekend camping passes that will include exclusive access to the venue, camping, industry vendors, food trucks, craft beer, music and more. Tickets are limited and go on sale Monday July 15th – please visit H5 Events website for more information. ABOUT UTAH SPORTS COMMISSION: The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com
Our friends at EcoBike Adventures are hosting the 4th Annual Lost Sierra Electric Bike Festival, in Northern California. It is an opportunity to connect with people who share the same passion for E-Bikes and the great outdoors. The 3-day Electric Bike Festival includes open ranch riding, group rides, e-bike races, camping, and BBQ. Located less than an hour from Reno, NV or Truckee, CA and four hours from San Francisco, CA, the Lost Sierra is a lesser known, yet stunningly beautiful region of the Sierra Nevada. It is a high alpine area with spectacular features such as the Sierra Buttes, Gold Lake, Graeagle and the gold rush town turned mountain bike mecca, Downieville. You can camp at the Diamond S Ranch Friday / Saturday Night, and enjoy a buffet-style Western BBQ in our traditional dutch barn Saturday Night, and then jam out to some music with family and friends. Camping on Friday and Saturday night July 12/13 is $20/night. Water & bathrooms available on site. Lost Sierra Event Schedule Friday, July 12th 3:00pm Camping Check in 4:00pm Open Ranch Riding/Practice Saturday, July 13th 7:30am Trail Race Practice & On-site registration Opens 9:00am Registration Closes & Adaptive OPEN Start 9:30am Event Opening Riders’ Meeting 10:00am PAS Class 1 – Pro Start 11:00am PAS Class 1 – Amateur start 11:30am PAS Class 1 – Kids Start 12:30pm Pedal Assist OPEN Start 1:00pm Announce Best of Show & Break 1:30pm Throttle Assist – Kids Start 2:00pm Throttle Assist – Amateur Start 2:30pm HPC Throttle Assist OPEN Start 4:00pm 100 meter Drag Race 5:00pm Long Jump Exhibition 6:00pm BBQ Dinner 6:30pm Awards Ceremony 7:00pm Networking/Industry Roundtable Discussion Sunday, July 14th 10:00am SurRon Stock Class 1:00pm Luna Cycles Unlimited Pro Class 5:00pm Festival Close Registration site for the electric bike races is: https://ecobikeadv.wufoo.com/forms/mp4mk5g0zwx279 Use Eventbrite to reserve camping and BBQ To request further info, please email them at: email@example.com The post LOST SIERRA ELECTRIC BIKE FESTIVAL IS THIS WEEKEND appeared first on Electric Bike Action.
https://youtu.be/u8GWljP7K78 The fifth round of the Enduro World Series (EWS) in Les Orres, France will go down in history as one of the closest fought races of all time. Located high in the Hautes-Alpes, this ski resort played host to a dramatic race that saw an ever changing lead in the men’s competition. After four stages on day one, Adrien Dailly (Team Lapierre) delighted the home crowd by leading the race, with just a two second lead over Eddie Masters (Pivot Factory Racing) in second and then just one second further back was Richie Rude (Yeti/Fox Shox Factory Racing) in third. Sunday morning saw a storm blow through the resort, forcing the cancellation of stage five, the first of the day. But there was more than enough action to pack the remaining three stages – as Masters entered the final stage of the day with a mere 0.4 second lead over Rude in second place. Masters held on to the lead to cross the line just one second ahead of Richie to claim his very first Enduro World Series win. Dailly rounded out the podium in third place. Florian Nicolai (Canyon Factory Racing) retains the series lead. In the women’s competition Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) controlled the narrative from the start, but was denied a clean sweep of the stages by Raphaela Richter. The 21 year old from Germany hadn’t raced an EWS since 2017, but came back in style to win two stages and occupy the second step of the podium. Miranda Miller (Kona Factory Racing) put in a consistently strong performance throughout the weekend to take third. Courdurier extends her series lead in the overall points, and with just three rounds left is on course to take her first championship. In the U21 Men Antoine Vidal (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) showed no sign of ending his winning streak, taking the win and further cementing the series lead. New Zealand’s Brady Stone took second, whilst Francescu Camoin (Specialized Racing Team) was third. In the U21 Women Lucy Schick took the win, just as she did in Italy last weekend, with Leah Maunsell in second and Harriet Harnden in third. Karim Amour (Miranda Racing Team) fought hard to take the Master Men win, with Cedric Ravanel (Commencal Vallnord Enduro Racing Team) missing out on the top spot by less than half a second, with Bruno Zanchi in third. Louise Paulin (Ibis Cycles Enduro Race Team) claimed the Master Women’s win, followed by Alba Wunderlin in second and Suvi Vacker in third. Canyon Factory Racing were named Team of the Day, and now also lead the Team Rankings. The series now turns its attention to Whistler for round six, the CamelBak Canadian Open Enduro presented by Specialized.
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After a suitably dramatic first day of racing in Les Orres, it’s Adrien Dailly (Team Lapierre) and Isabeau Courdurier (Intense Mavic Collective) who lead the charge – but with four more stages to come on Sunday, this race is far from over. These are the top tens after the first day. Eddie Masters decided to race Enduro instead of Downhill in Andorra, and as he’s sitting in second place, clearly that was a wise decision. Among the women Courdurier has a fairly solid lead… If you want to get more details on what happened during the first day of competition, click here . Complete rankings .
It’s that time of year again when the best pro cyclists get ready for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France. Here’s our guide to some of the history, winners, stages, teams and more. What is the Tour de France? The Tour de France is an annual multiple-stage race held primarily in France every summer, occasionally venturing into surrounding countries (the 2019 edition starts in Belgium). It comprises 21 stages that take place over 23 days, with a mix of flat, hilly and mountainous terrain, as well as individual and team time-trials. How to watch the Tour de France 2019 live on TV Tour de France 2019: route and stage analysis Starting in 1903, the Tour de France was born out of a rivalry between two French sports newspapers: Le Vélo and L’Auto. The multi-stage race was proposed by a L’Auto journalist as a way to sell more copies. It began as a six-stage event over 18 days, starting and ending in Paris, and stopping at Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes en route. It was won by Frenchman Maurice Garin and today is still the biggest race on the cycling calendar. Who has the most Tour de France wins? Eddy Merckx won the combination classification, combativity award, points competition, King of the Mountains jersey and overall title in 1969 — the first time he competed Agence France Presse/Getty Images The Tour de France, now in its 106th edition, has seen some incredible feats over the years, with many of cycling’s greatest names on the honours board. In his first appearance in the race, Eddy Merckx won the 1969 combination classification, combativity award, points competition and the Tour overall, as well as the King of the Mountains jersey. Jean Robic won the Tour in 1947 despite never wearing the yellow jersey, having attacked on the final stage. Maurice Garin won the first ever race, topping the general classification (GC) on the first stage and holding the lead all the way to Paris. Garin also secured victory the following year (though the results were later nullified due to widespread cheating). The start-to-finish GC sweep was also achieved by Ottavio Bottechia in 1924, Nicolas Frantz in 1928 and Romain Maes in 1935. In terms of individual stage wins, the five highest rankers are Eddy Merckx (34), Mark Cavendish (30), Bernard Hinault (28), André Leducq (25) and André Darrigade (22). When does the 2019 Tour de France start? The 2019 Tour de France kicks off on Saturday 6 July, with the Grand Départ taking place in Brussels for the first time since 1958. The race will culminate on the Champs-Élysées in Paris — as it has every year since 1975 — on Sunday 28 July. What is the Tour de France route for 2019? Tour de France 2019 route The Tour de France takes place over 21 gruelling stages, complete with flat sprints, mountainous climbs and individual and team time-trials. Here’s a breakdown of each stage, but if you’re hungry for more details, check out our in-depth route and stage analysis. Stage 1: Bruxelles – Brussel (194.5km) Stage 2: Bruxelles Palais Royal – Brussel Atomium (27.6km) Stage 3: Binche – Épernay (215km) Stage 4: Reims – Nancy (213.5km) Stage 5: Saint-Dié-des-Vosges – Colmar (175.5km) Stage 6: Mulhouse – La planche des Belles Filles (160.5km) Stage 7: Belfort – Chalon-sur-Saône (230km) Stage 8: Màcon – Saint-Étienne (200km) Stage 9: Saint-Étienne – Brioude (170.5km) Stage 10: Saint-Flour – Albi (217.5km) Rest day – Albi Stage 11: Albi – Toulouse (167km) Stage 12: Toulouse – Bagnères-de-Bigorre (209.5km) Stage 13: Pau – Pau (27.2km) Stage 14: Tarbes – Tourmalet Barèges (117.5km) Stage 15: Limoux – Foix Prat d’Albis (185km) Rest day — Nîmes Stage 16: Nîmes – Nîmes (177km) Stage 17: Pont du Gard – Gap (200km) Stage 18: Embrun – Valloire (208km) Stage 19: Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne – Tignes (126.5km) Stage 20: Albertville – Val Thorens (130km) Stage 21: Rambouillet – Champs-Élysées, Paris (128km) Geraint Thomas wearing the yellow jersey at the 2018 Tour de France Chris Graythen/Getty Images How do you win the Tour de France? Winning the Tour de France isn’t as simple as being the first rider to cross the finish line on the final stage in Paris. Instead, there are several classifications based on a range of criteria. The most prestigious is the general classification (GC), which ranks riders according to their overall time. The leader of the general classification wears the yellow jersey and the rider with the fastest overall time at the end of the race is the winner of the Tour de France. Meanwhile, the mountains classification is based on points accumulated on the Tour’s classified ascents. Points are awarded to the first riders over each summit and the leader of the classification wears the polka-dot jersey. The points classification is for sprinters and is based on points awarded for the top finishers on each stage. Finally, the young rider classification follows the same format as the general classification (best overall time) but is for riders born on or after January 1, 1994. For more information on the race classifications and the prize money awarded to the winners, read our complete guide to the Tour de France jerseys. Tour de France 2018 recap Last year’s Tour de France winners, L-R: Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), Geraint Thomas (Team Sky, now Team Ineos), Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) and Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) Chris Graythen/Getty Images The 105th edition of the Tour de France covered 3,351 km, beginning in Noirmoutier-en-l’Île in the west and concluding on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky, now known as Team Ineos) won the overall general classification, with Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and Chris Froome (Team Sky) coming in second and third place respectively. Peter Sagan (Bora–Hansgrohe) took the points classification for the sixth time, while Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) won the King of the Mountains classification. The young rider classification was awarded to Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale), while Movistar won the team classification. Tour de France 2019 start list and favourites Jakob Fuglsang’s having a hell of a year, most recently taking victories at the Criterium du Dauphine, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Ruta del Sol. Tim de Waele/Getty Images For a full breakdown, check out our guide to the teams, the startlist and the favourites. The teams taking part in the Tour this year are: AG2R La Mondiale Astana Pro Team Bahrain-Merida Bora-Hansgrohe CCC Team Cofidis, Solutions Credits Deceuninck–Quick-Step EF Education First Groupama-FDJ Lotto Soudal Mitchelton-Scott Movistar Team Team Arkéa–Samsic Team Dimension Data Team Ineos Team Jumbo-Visma Team Katusha Alpecin Team Sunweb Total Direct Energie Trek-Segafredo UAE Team Emirates Wanty-Groupe Gobert Tour de France 2019 TV coverage The 2018 Tour de France peloton on the home straight towards the Arc de Triomphe in Paris Tim de Waele/Getty Images If you’re here it’s most likely because, like us, you love seeing the latest machines being raced by the pros. That’s why every year we bring you all the latest bikes, kit and tech from the front line of the race. For tech galleries, close up looks of the bikes being raced, and more, keep an eye on our Tour de France coverage. If you’re following the racing action, here’s a full guide of how to watch the Tour de France live on TV and via streaming services.
“Carlin was truly one of the nicest and humble people I have ever met in my career. I spent a lot of time this week shedding tears and reflecting on what an inspirational human he was. When he first came on the scene through the Race Face Ultimate Freeride Challenge you could tell he had an incredible love for anything two wheels. He rode dirt bikes and then came onto the freeride scene by going out and crushing some of the biggest jumps ever done on a mountain bike. Hitting the Moreno Valley Gap as his casting call to the mountain bike industry speaks to the level of his talent and it did not take long for the industry to notice him. Along the way I watched him struggle to find his way in the mtb scene. With the rise of slopestyle came the dog eat dog nature of the sponsorship game and the expectation to be something he was not. He just wanted to ride and not have all the pressures of the scene. When it got to be too much he just said “fuck it” I am just going to ride for fun and not risk being broken all the time for a couple free bikes and a below minimum wage salary. I was so proud of him for doing that. I was so happy a few years later when I had the privilege of working with Red Bull, Dana Brown and his family on the On Any Sunday “The Next Chapter” film. I was able to bring Carlin into the film with the world’s best riders and help tell his story of being one the most talented riders the motorcycle industry had never heard of. This started the next incredible run for him as a racer and his accomplishments in the last 5 years have been unbelievable. He was just so calm and collected all of the time, no matter how much air was under his wheels or how fast the speedometer was reading. It all seems so surreal that the man that absolutely owned Pikes Peak left this world with the finish line of another record in sight. This is such a tragic loss. He will forever be apart of the NWD brotherhood and forever loved by so many.” Rip in Peace Bro. D – Freeride Entertainment