Sunday , July 28 , 2013
The Trois Etapes pro-am cycling race off with a flying start
On Friday 26 July, the 2013 edition of the Trois Etapes pro-am cycle got underway in the French Alps, commencing with the Prologue stage of the race.
The Walking With The Wounded team hit the roads for a 9.5km ride to acclimatise the riders to the altitude, temperature and terrain.
Saturday 27 July saw Stage One of the three-day race. With a cimb up to 2067m, the team had some serious hill work to overcome.
See below to watch Mark Beaumont, Team Captain of the Walking With The Wounded Trois Etapes Cycle Team, explain the first big climb.
The photo gallery on Facebook is also available and includes some stunning photographs of the team and the picturesque Alpine scenary.
Mark Beaumont Explains The First Big Climb of Stage 1
Stage 1 kicked off from the race HQ with a neutralised, mass peloton roll out of 38km to St Etienne de Cuines, before the huge climb to the top of the imposing Col de la Croix de Fer.
This energy sapping climb, at a gradient of 9%, lasts for a staggering 28km and is a real test for amateur and professional cyclists alike.
The Walking With The Wounded Trois Etapes Team started the race in right at the back of the Pelaton as the teams were launched in reverse order, with the slowest starting first, according to the team’s prologue position, in 90 second intervals.
Please click here to watch Mark Beaumont, Team Captain of the Walking With The Wounded Trois Etapes Cycle Team, explain how the first real up-hill battle went.
After crossing the finishing line, each team made its own way back to Orelle. The route back to the valley floor summits the Col de la Croix de Fer before returning to race HQ.
Today the team have moved up to 10th place out of 15 teams with a total of 2 points and are still going strong.
Para-cyclist World Champion Terry Byrne Powering Ahead
Terry Byrne’s life changed forever after he fell victim to an improvised explosive device (IED) whilst carrying a routine night patrol in Afghanistan in August 2008. His injuries were sufficiently severe for his right leg to require amputation.
Since then, Terry has benefitted from the Military to Mentors programme which was funded by Walking With The Wounded.
Support The Team
Please show your support for the team by clicking here and contributing to the growing Trois Etapes fund which will go directly to facilitate programmes to re-train and re-skill wounded service personnel.
Remember, pounds equal programmes, so your support is vital to ensure that the returning troops have the support and assistance they deserve.