The prospect of riding the Tour de France is something that riders around the world can’t help but dream of. Well, Jonathan Douglas and Hayden Roulston are making that dream a reality next year as they look to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.
If you are an amateur cyclist looking to take on what for many cyclists would be considered one of cycling’s greatest challenges, then Jonathan Douglas and Hayden Roulston are here to help. The duo are leading a challenge to ride every stage of the 2018 Tour de France one day ahead of the race itself. The route for next year’s Tour de France has yet to be announced, with the route reveal to be made in October this year, but there are a few virtual guaranteed certainties.
The race will take three weeks to complete and more than likely 21 stages, which will include in all probability at least one individual time trial of less than 50km as well as trips to the Alps and Pyrenees over some of France’s toughest mountain climbs. Distances will range and seldom dip below the 160km point and not infrequently top 200km. And of course the race will conclude on cycling’s most famous finishing promenade on the Champs-Elysees.
Douglas and Roulston are undertaking a task that will be non-competitive, but there are definite criteria to meet for those wanting to undertake the chance. As NZ Cycling Journal reported those intent on taking on the challenge will need to be fit enough and mentally tough enough to take on the challenge; but that will not come without support. Hayden Roulston will provide coaching and support to ready the riders for the challenge, with support for up to 6 months. Riders taking on the challenge will need to be able to commit up to 20 hours of training per week.