1 Who was the first UK rider to win a Grand Tour (Tour de France, Giro, Vuelta)
Bradley Wiggins won the 2012 Tour de France but Chris Froome was awarded the 2011 Vuelta in July 2019 after the original winner was disqualified. As this is question one we have awarded points for either answer.
2. Vittoria Bussi set the women’s hour record in 2018. What was her winning distance in Kilometres?
She clocked 48.007km. The mens record is 55km set by Victor Campenaerts with the “Absolute” record still held by Chris Boardman. 56.375 set back in 1996 on a non-standard bike.
3. Complete the sequence: a) 1922 Liverpool b) 1970 Leicester c) 1982 Goodwood d) 2019 ????
Harrogate – venues for World Championships in the UK. Safe to say it was the wettest event of the 4!
4. Name the climb: 30 appearances in the Tour de France, Record set by Marco Pantani in 1997, Finish line of the Marmotte Sportive, 13.8km.
Alpe d’Huez. Pantani set the record of 37.35 in 1997. It’s not the prettiest climb but deserves its place on the Bucket list and is an amazing place to watch the Tour come past. The Sarenne which first featured in the Tour in 2013 is a much prettier climb into the ski station. Come and ride it with us on our South Alps Weekender
5 Name the col: 2115m high, 87 tour de France appearances, statue of Octave Lapize at the summit, featured in the first tour in 1910
Col du Tourmalet. Shout out to anyone who rode this during the Etape du Tour 2014.. carnage! The Pyrenees is an amazing place to ride. Join us for the Raid Pyrenean which is celebrating 70 years in 2020
6 Name the col: D974, 1912m high, 3 ways up, “put me back on my bike”
Mont Ventoux. Early morning on Mont Ventoux is a truly special place – as long as the wind is not blowing at 200kmh! Whether you climb one side, two or all three in a day this is a day you won’t forget.
7 Name the climb: 620m in length, Cobbled, Spring classics, dropped from race 1987-2001 due to being too dangerous.
The Koppenberg in Flanders. One of a number of short but punishing climbs that makes the Tour of Flanders such a great Sportive to ride. We ride this the day before the race also as race day can be so busy you will almost certainly end up walking. Eddy Mercx had to walk up here so you are in good company.
8 Name the climb: 3 ways up. Start in Italy or Switzerland, 2757m high, hairpins
Passo Stelvio. Possibly the most iconic image in cycling is the view back down the 48 hairpins on the Northern side. Ride both sides on our Stelvio Weekender
9 How many Grand tour stage wins has Mark Cavendish won?
48. 30 in the TDF, 15 in the Giro, 3 in the Vuelta
10 Which is the first Monument of the season (usually!)?
Milan San Remo. In a normal season MSR gets the monument season up and running in March with Lombardia the final event in October.
11 What do the winners of the Tro Bro Leon pro race receive (Brittany’s answer to Paris Roubaix)
A Pig. Check out the Tro Bro sportive in April.
12 Greg Lemond won the Tour in 86, 89 & 90. Why did he not compete in 87 & 88
He was shot in a hunting accident
13 Sean Kelly won 9 monuments but which one eluded him?
Tour of Flanders. He was second three times!
14 Which of the following is NOT a genuine cyclist’s nickname
The Freight Train.
15 Who won Olympic gold in the 2016 Road race
Anna Van der Breggen won gold, the second Dutch win in a row following Marianne Vos’s win in London.
16 What year were helmets made compulsory in UCI races?