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kennyOX2




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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:17 pm    Post subject: IM France bike v Wales Reply with quote

Question for a mate: How does the IM France bike compare to Wales? I can advise him on Wales but I have no idea of France except its also very hilly and tough with technical descents.

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gingerbongo




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've not done France, but as i understand it's a long, long up followed by a long, long down. Whereas Wales is just up, down, up, down constantly.
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SGreg




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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

France couldn't be more different,

There are only 3 climbs. But they are very big climbs and the main one is a proper monster 12miles and 3000ft!

My Garmin recorded just shy of 12,000ft overall wales is only 7-8000ft?

Descents, again totally different to wales its all long wide switchbacks, far more fast and flowing than the tight country lanes of wales.

Its also probably the most scenic course in the world, up in the alps at times it is completely breath-taking! I was Dieing on my arse but still just blown away by the course!

https://www.strava.com/activities/339009809 ...I wasn't having a good day!

Swim is beautiful in warm clear water and the run is terrible. Long boring and insanely hot.
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tuckandgo




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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

gingerbongo wrote:
I've not done France, but as i understand it's a long, long up followed by a long, long down. Whereas Wales is just up, down, up, down constantly.


Did both last year and this is pretty much all you need to know Surprised

Wales has more climbing (don't know how accurate my garmin is as it takes for ever to lock on - but I have roughly 2500m vs 2000m) and Wales has short steep climbs. Nice is long steady alpine climbing.
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