Ill be 42 next yr and am keen too, but it all very much depends how business goes in the next 8 weeks
Could someone explain the difference in classes please? Right now I'm thinking bronze.
Bronze is a good place to start considering only 16 of them finished this year
The Bronze route will take a good club rider the best part of 6 to 8 hours to complete a stage... if the weather behaves.
The classes are Bronze / Silver / Gold.
You all start and finish at the same spot each day but the distance and number of mountain passes you do differs.
The race has 4 stages:
Thurs - Stage 1 - Around the Houses (tarmac) and straight onto
Stage 2, the Time Trial (60km). Bronze, Silver & Gold all do the same route on Stage 1 and 2.
Fri - Stage 2
Sat - Stage 3
Seriously, this is one of the most insane events I've ever been to in my life. It's intense, raw and bloody marvelous... and I was just part of a seconding team
I cannot begin to explain the emotion on that final mountain as those guys come sweating and spinning their way up there, it's mind blowing. I get goose bumps just thinking back to it. It's something you want to be part of, even if you're just a spectators, it's that good