From Mac Wizard to King of the Mountains

From Mac Wizard to King of the Mountains
Our resident designer, web expert and keen amateur cyclist, Robert Sturgess, has always fancied wearing the coveted King of the Mountains jersey. So, he has been putting in the hours and notching up the practice miles for this year’s L’Étape du Tour, an organised mass participation event that allows amateur cyclists to race over the same route as a Tour de France stage.

From the Balearics to Brum

Robert’s 2017 cycling season got off to a leg pumping start this May. With a 178 mile, three day tour of Majorca, Rob tackled over 17,000 ft of arduous climbing as well as nerve jangling descents. He followed this with the Ironman Staffordshire event in June, where he completed the cycling leg in a relay team of three, battling the heat of the hottest day of the year!

Then on to France

This all leads up to what Rob describes as the greatest cycling challenge of his life, which is to experience and endure a day in the saddle of a professional Tour de France cyclist and become King of the Mountains! Starting from Briançon in July the L’Étape du Tour route includes two category one mountain climbs, the Col de Vars at 6,919 ft and a summit finish at the Col d’Izoard, reaching a dizzy height of 7,742 ft.

To round the season off, he will cycle the first ever Velo Birmingham festival this coming September, a 100 mile, closed road sportive in and around the West Midlands, that starts and finishes in Birmingham city centre.

And if he succeeds?

Rob isn’t so much worried about not making it round the course, he is more concerned about the condition of his old road bike, which has seen every mechanical failure possible of late.

Which is why, if he completes his mammoth feat, he has promised himself a new bike for Christmas!