On 20th July 2009 Dougie, Nicko, Paul and Giles are taking part in the 17th Etape du Tour www.letapedutour.com/2009/ETDT/presentation/us/index.htm
The Etape is a stage of the Tour de France that is open to the public, the roads are closed and around 8000 people take part in the event. The Tour itself will be riding the exact same route five days later in the penultimate and deciding day of the â€œGrande Boucleâ€.
It is going to hurt, 170km on a bicycle with the final 20 kms climbing more than a vertical mileâ€¦ouch! You can follow their training and race performance on the tdc Twitter account www.twitter.com/tdcski