From Orelle to Col De L’Iseran: The Queen Stage of The Race
This staggering section of the Trois Etapes is perilous and beautiful in equal measure.
Mark Beaumont, captain of the Walking With The Wounded Trois Etapes Cycle Team, broke the world record in 2008 for the fastest solo unsupported circumnavigation of the globe on a bike, but even he was struggling in the final few kilometres of the ascent to the striking Col de L’Iseran, the highest paved mountain pass in the Alps. First constructed between the First and Second World Wars, the winding path took 34 years to complete, ultimately joining the Maurienne and Iseran valley systems.
Please click here to watch Mark explain that their team spirit ensured that no cyclist would be left behind and our boys spurred each other on to the top of this notorious peak.
The Walking With The Wounded team powered through three of the hardest climbs in European cycling and reached the highest point of the Trois Etapes. Cyclists tackled the ride at a 4.1% average gradient, but at its steepest, the slope reached a 12% incline.
The Team Conquers the Highest Point of the Trois Etapes
Col d’Iseran is the highest point in the Trois Etapes; at nearly 3,000m above sea level it is an intimidating proposition for any cyclist.
Our team was able to complete this very demanding Time Trial section and, following a much-needed water break, they updated the video diary to describe how they found the climb and the sense of achievement when they reached the top.
View the stunning photo gallery on Facebook with photographs of the team and the picturesque Alpine scenary. Check out our YouTube Channel to watch exclusive interviews with the team.
Show Your Support
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.
“It’s been one hell of a slog so far and we’re doing it so that people will see the great work Walking With The Wounded does. Any money you donate directly funds training courses, enabling wounded guys and girls to get into civilian jobs – please show your support!”
– Terry Byrne
The reason Terry and the team are taking part in the Trois Etapes 2013 is to raise awareness of the work done by Walking With The Wounded. Your donations are vital to ensure that our wounded get the support they need to find long-term civilian employment.
Extreme Alpine Conditions Force Difficult Decision from Cosaveli
At 08:15 this morning, race organisers Cosaveli announced the cancellation of Stage 3 of the Trois Etapes cycle race due to extremely bad weather. The organisation released the following statement explaining this in greater detail:
“Torrential rain and electric storms in the region have made it impossible to run Stage 3 safely. The stage was due to take in the Col du Chaussy (1,533m) and the Col de la Madeleine (2,000m). Low cloud meant that if there were an accident, emergency helicopters would not be able to land. Safety is our primary responsibility for the event.
When weather is like this in the Alps, it is impossible to reasonably ensure safety. We’re really thankful to the riders for being so understanding – we have had a brilliant trip that continues to raise millions of dollars for charity.”
– Niels Bryan-Low, CEO of Cosaveli
Walking With The Wounded would like to thank all involved in the race, including organisers, medical staff and of course the true heroes of the race: the competitors.