Etape du Tour Part II TGTO
Thank god that's over!
Rewind to 2.5 months ago:
Spring training going fine, looking forward to riding my 12th Etape and Bam! Out of nowhere get attacked and thrown off my bike by some teens on scooters.
Shattered collarbone and nerve damage that left my left arm and hand completely numb and partially paralysed.
2 months off the bike (outside), 1 month of trainer hell, training shot to hell. waaah!!
2 weeks ago I was finally able to get enough strength back in my hand to shift and brake and was able to get 3 rides in before last Sunday's 210 km Etape du Tour from Issoire to St. Flour (www.letapedutour.com).
Sunday morning in the pouring rain in the starting pens I was wondering what the hell I was getting myself into but figured I might as well start and see how far I can ride.
The ride itself was OK after the windy and cold first 70 kms. Rain and wind with exactly 15 minutes of sun all day. I couldn't really push it on the climbs since my collarbone was still pretty sore and got sorer as the day went on. My left hand also waned in and out of numbness and I had to ride a good part of the way with that hand off the handlbars to relieve the pressure. I took it easy all day and aimed only to finish the ride.
I did finish though (near the tail end of the day's peleton)..
At least I can only hope to improve my standing next year!!
Today we went and saw Thor drop the hmmer in Gap and we'll catch the Galibier and Alpe d'Huez stages next. I'll be glad I will be the one on the side of the road watching others ride in the rain and cold!!
Damn, man....that's sounds like quite the brutal attack! Did the authorities ever apprehend those goons?
Glad to hear you've mended and are back on the bike though.
One witness got some plates and the day before I headed down for the Etape, I found out they have a name (yaaay Police at work!). I'm meeting with my lawyer on the day I get back and we'll see from there.
Yeah, glad you made it okay but the GOONS (and that's what they are) need to be apprehended. Awful.
Scooters? You mean those little metal razor scooters or were they gas powered motor scooters?
Scooters of the gas-powered kind. The main lesson I learned from this encounter is that I need to work my sprint... I should have been able to outrun them!!
Sounds like you need to do some motorpacing.
Originally Posted by philippec
I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this.
I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver's full of $hit, man.
Sorry Buddy, sent you a mail today (gmail acct), one of my friends is in Nice and was looking for a road bike hire. Hoping to come ride some soon, passed on TdF gig w/team, too last minute and no bike for me was a killer. Hows September in Provence?
Sorry about your situation, I hope you continue to heal. Hope the Police can catch these responsible for this travesty. Good luck with the healing process. GOD speed.
I'm about 4 weeks past a busted collarbone and I'm no where near getting on a trainer. Chapeau on riding and may you get the combative award for finishing
Broken collarbone? Partial paralysis? And you rode ANYWAY?
You certainly win the 2011 "Take-No-Crap-Get-Me-To-The-Etape" Velo Tough Guy Legion Of Merit (Francaise Edition). I would have been whining if I had to do the ride with a bad case of dandruff, let alone broken bones and nerve damage.
PICTURED: Thomas Voeckler pointing to the exact spot in France where Philippec made everyone look like total pussies.
Thanks, but in all honesty, I wasn´t feeling too bad when I set out that morning. The clavicule was only a little sore and my hand seemed fine enough. Also, I had tested myself in the previous week and a half with 2 110 km rides and things seemed more or less ok. In the end it was the sheer amount of time spent riding (slowly! ) that day that was the problem. That said, the 3 kilos I put on during my convalescence probably helped keep me warmer than most during the Etape!
Dude...that's bada$$. Especially since you're used to riding faster and not taking so long to do that kind of distance.
I saw the start of the Etape on TV and it looked miserable...but at least you didn't crash in the rain! It's been a wet road-induced crash-fest down here all summer and not getting any better, but I haven't broken anything besides skin yet.
PS where were you during the scooter attack? Cruising through the northern 'burbs? That's terrifying.
C'est dommage que je sois un ignorant, car je vous citerais une foule de choses ; mais je ne sais rien.
Living in France, le blog
Great job, hope you heal quick and the thugs get to do some repentence
Well done. The conditions were brutal. I'm not sure about the exact numbers, but roughly 6k registered, 4k started and 2k finished. We started but bailed early-- too damn wet and cold.
Chapeau Philippe! Sorry we missed you.
I was wondering if you had started or not. I know that I would have been among the DNFs had I been there. That being said, I still am missing not being in France this Summer and the chance to have a beer (or two or three) with you after the Etape.
Originally Posted by soup67
I try to be perfectly civil, until someone really pisses me off.
Glad you were able to ride!
Hope they catch teh punks & charge them...
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