The organisers have started adding more detail to the site now including a schedule of timings for the event here:
As I have already posted elsewhere:
“I certainly am going to enjoy the moment as it’s something I’ve wanted to do for as many years as I can remember. I’m also going to pedal like Billy-O to make sure I don’t find myself in the broom wagon and that I get a time I’m proud of.”
“I’ve never ridden in the Alps so I am rather filled with trepidation. I’ve ridden in the Massif Central but only in a gentle ‘take your time’ way. This will actually be my first proper cycling event. God, I’ve made myself all nervous now.”
Indeed I have made myself a bit nervous staring at the timings and doing pointless maths in my head. Kap on the Cycling Plus forum has just been out there and describes the Izoard as “brutal” which is good and bad. Good in that it confirms my suspicions about it, bad in that it’s going to be tough.
He even goes so far as to suggest that British riders with no Alpine experience will struggle to finish. Now, being a stubborn mule when it comes down to it, that sort of provocation has only made me all the more determined to get round.
Looks like I’m going to have to start putting in those intense hour sessions again, which I haven’t done for a while as I’ve not adjusted to the new volume of riding that I do now I commute about 10km each way most days. I’m trying to use stretches of the commute for some form of interval training, although today’s was interrupted by a military band marching down The Mall which put paid to that interval.