Thursday, 8 March 2012

Official Route

Here it is boys, your first look at the official route from ASO.

Points worth noting:
First Feed station is at Celliers, halfway up the Madeleine. (Take enough food with you, that one will be rammed)
Drinks station at the top of the Madeleine (essential to stop there and refill)
Second feed at the bottom of the Madeleine at La Chambre (fill up there before the Glandon/Croix de Fer)
More drinks halfway up the Glandon, further feed at the Croix de Fer (fill up there but don't even think about eating much on the descent, its too winding)
Drinks station for more refills at the top of the Mollard
Final feed before the start of the last climb.

Nice to see the route, which is slightly different to my first guess. We come down the more minor road off the Madeleine (more hairpins, yippee). Make your own minds up, but I think we should not plan to stop at the first feed. Experience says it will be chaos, and the road is quite narrow there too, so getting going again might be problematic. The issue will be, can we get all the way to the top of the Madeleine on just the water that we carry from the start?

First Feed,6.421208&spn=0.00006,0.066047&t=m&z=15&layer=c&cbll=45.479987,6.421107&panoid=ZVChvIa79v-nvzE1bWsQ6w&cbp=12,179.84,,0,0

Just before a few steep hairpins....nice!

Elimination times should be up in 4-6 weeks if previous years are anything to go by.

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