For my sins (and a break from the day job) I will be cycling the Etape du tour Acte 1, in the Alps. The closed road event is over the same course that the Tour de France riders will take a few days later and involves a cumulative climb of about 15,300 ft (c4,600M) and 95 miles (152KM) in a single day... oh, and by the way, there is a challenging time limit, so no slacking!!
Why, I hear you ask? Apart from the 'because its there' defence, I am trying to raise a little money for Parkinsons UK, so if you are feeling generous or pity me, please donate via my web site at: http://www.justgiving.com/HatleyEtape2012