Tour de France 2023 – Recap & Stats

Tour de France LogoAs customary after all my cycling trips into the high mountains, most of those shamelessly dubbed Tour de France like this one or Giro d’Italia, I give you a recap with some stats of my latest adventure.

Compared to other two-week (14 or 15 stages) “grand tours”, it wasn’t the hardest, but it came in close 3rd in distance.

This is also its rank in elevation (D+) but looking at the average D+ over the total distance, it lands on 6th spot (from 7, as neither the TDF 2022 nor the Giro 2020 were two weeks)…

For a total of 1,147 kms, the D+ was 31,971 m – applying the not totally correct, but fair enough 50/50 rule, that amounts to some 56 m of D+ per km of climbing.

Compare that to the Giro’s of 2011 and 2015 (both 82 m/km) or the “toughest” TDF, 2022 at 66 m/km, and this “Pyrenees” Tour seems relatively easy.

Now, I know I’m getting older and some of the (previous) numbers are “off” – be it taken from Garmin, Strava or RideWithGPS – but this Tour really didn’t feel any easier…

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Tour de France 2023 – Countdown

Tour de France 2023 countdown has begun. I haven’t planned much yet, though…

Tour de France LogoFour weeks from now, I will be on my brand new Trek Émonda for stage 2 – or 3 – of my Tour de France.

It will be day three, but you should know I usually kick of with a prologue.

A tradition I might actually break with this year, as my prologue’s are nothing like the pro’s short (T)TT’s to kick off many grand tours.

But this years Tour de France – two possible GC contenders short after day 1 – didn’t get off to an easy start either.

So, looking at what I have planned, I might start with stage 1 as well…

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