Friday, January 30, 2009

Ride L'Etape and Mont Ventoux with Eros Poli

My good friend Eros Poli has hooked up with "La Fuga" (, a luxury cycling tour company, for a one week preparation tour for L'Etape and Mont Ventoux.

L'Etape, or L'Etape du Tour, is a mass start start event like a gran fondo, which allows cyclists to ride one stage of the Tour de France. This year the L'Etape will folllow the route of the penultimate stage of the Tour de France and finish atop Mont Ventoux.

Details of the La Fuga tour "Eros Poli Preparation Week", 18 April — 25 April 2009, are as follows:


Want the inside knowledge on the challenge of Mount Ventoux? Who better than Eros Poli, winner of legendary stage 15 of the 1994 Tour de France stage where the former Olympic team time trial champion went on a 106 mile solo attack holding off Pantani and Virenque to win in Carpentras. Eros is so affectionately linked with the iconic mountain that he is dubbed "Monsieur Ventoux" by French cycling fans.

Eros will spend the week riding with us, passing on his knowledge gained from an eight year professional career and sharing his stories from inside the peloton. Eros will be available to answer all your questions and maybe even let you into a few pro secrets. He will also share his love of food and wine as we visit local restaurants and sample the best of Provencal cuisine and drink.

With this year's l'Etape taking place over the beautiful roads of Provence and finishing at the summit of the iconic Mount Ventoux, it was an easy choice of location for our sportive preparation week. Provence's challenging terrain, beautiful scenery and world famous cuisine make it the perfect location to fine tune your Etape preparations.

Our preparation week gives you everything you need to maximise your performance at your big event. And because it's a La Fuga tour, it won't be all hard work; we'll sample the best of local cuisine and enjoy a glass or two of Cote du Ventoux.

Highlights of the week include:
Evening seminars on nutrition and training
In depth reconnaissance of the Etape course from Montelimar to the summit of Mount Ventoux
On the bike advice on riding technique, bike fit and race day tactics
Group rides tailored to your fitness level with following car support
Full mechanical backup
Complimentary sports drinks, bars and gels.

What's Included?
Four star accommodation (single occupancy double room)
All breakfasts and evening meals at the hotel and restaurants
Airport / station transfer
Experienced guides and dedicated support car on each ride
Complimentary Energy Drink and Bars
Cyclefilm L'Etape du Tour 2009 Reconnaissance DVD
La Fuga Welcome Pack

What's Not?
Flights / train travel
Travel insurance
Alcoholic drinks
Incidental expense

*Etape entry guaranteed for bookings received before 31 January with payment of applicable entry fee

The Knowledge
Accommodation: 7 nights at 4 star hotel (single occupancy double room)
Enjoy: Provencal cuisine and Cote du Ventoux wine
Travel: Fly to Marseille / Eurostar direct from London St Pancras to Avignon (not included)
Price: £1650 (double occupancy £1265)

Photo: Eros suffers on Mont Ventoux on the way to stage victory when it was 37C (98.6F), a view towards the summit, Eros on the slopes of the "Giant of Provence"

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