Today I am riding a mini version of this epic race. It takes place in our gym at this time of year. Forty of us will ride a scaled down version over three hours and it will be virtually non stop hill climbing. Alpe D'Huez here I come !! I have done this bike 'class' once before about 4 years ago - I was younger and fitter - and it was tough going then ! So this is quite a personal challenge and I will reward myself at the end, not with a yellow jersey but with a bath and a glass of champagne, French of course !!