The Tour de France champion could be decided on the 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez today and children’s charity Action Medical Research Ride L’Etape fundraising event is giving amateur cyclists the chance to tackle the 110km stage.
The event, which takes place between 6-9 September 2012, starts in Modane and climbs three of the Tour’s most notorious ascents – the Col du Télégraphe (1,566m) and Col du Galibier (2,556m) before a summit finish in Alpe d’Huez (1,850m).
The three-day trip includes the option of a 60km warm-up ride from Chambery to prepare for the main challenge, which will also be timed to add to the Tour experience.
Action international cycling event manager Oly Watts said: “This has got to be our toughest challenge yet and an opportunity not to be missed. It’s a chance to experience the Tour de France from the saddle and conquer some of the most famous climbs in cycling, following in the treads of the sports greatest riders.”
To find out more about the ride and to sign up visit www.action.org.uk/rideletape