The photo of a disconsolate Dan Shute holding up the traffic as he trudged to the top of Ditchling Beacon back in May became something of a pin up for Le Cure de France; a prime illustration of what a huge challenge the Le Cure de France team faces when we hit the Alpine climbs in September.
We are delighted to say at the second attempt – and with Le Cure only a month away – Dan made it up! The group taking on the London to Brighton ride yesterday got a little taste of what’s to come in September with a >100km ride punctuated by a couple of obligatory mechanicals, rain, an exploding tyre and a 15km detour…
Here is Dan cresting the 224m monster:
Below, Julian post celebrates hitting the top (also at the second attempt):
And a nod of the chapeau to Bas Gowar for nailing the climb first time out, in what was his longest ride to-date by a considerable distance: