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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 14 – OverUnder Intervals

Stage 14: Saint Gaudens – Plateau de Beille The Plateau de Beille climbs for nearly 16 kilometers at an average gradient of 7.9%. It’s steepest for the first six kilometers, and there are a few steep pitches further up, before the climb levels out to just 2.5 percent over the final kilometer (hence the plateau…)….

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TDF Stage 13: A Sprinter Wins in the Mountains? The Curious Logic of Stage 13.

By Chris Carmichael Stage 13 of the 2011 Tour de France was the kind of stage that leaves some cycling fans scratching their heads. They understand that it was a mountain stage because of the climb of the Col d’Aubisque, but they question the rationale for putting the summit of the day’s major climb 40…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 13 – Rolling PowerStarts

Stage 13: Pau – Lourdes (152.5km) The Col d’ Aubisque is a massive and very difficult climb, but during Stage 13 it is unlikely to cause a shake-up in the overall race for the yellow jersey. The summit of the climb is more than 40 kilometers from the finish line, and it is likely that…

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Press Release: CTS Santa Ynez Grand Opening Celebration – July 23, 2011

For Immediate Release: Re: Santa Ynez Regional Training Center Grand Opening July 23, 2011 Date and Time:  July 23, 2011 – 9:00AM to 3:00PM Carmichael Training Systems will be hosting a Grand Opening to celebrate the launch of the new CTS Santa Ynez Regional Training Center on the central coast of California! The highlights of…

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TDF Stage 12: No More Waiting: Aggressive Tactics Take Center Stage on First Mountain Stage

By Chris Carmichael After more than a week of stages better suited to the all-rounders and sprinters, the 2011 tour de France reached the big mountains today in Stage 12. This is the playground of the climbing specialists and the yellow jersey contenders; the place where they can separate themselves from the majority of the…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 12 – ClimbingRepeats

Stage 12: Cugnaux – Luz Ardiden (211 km) The first of three stages in the Pyrenees is guaranteed to be a very hard day. The stage is long (211km), the first 120 kilometers are gradually uphill before you even reach the base of the first major climb, and once you do there are three giants…

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TDF Stage 11: Endless Rain Makes Racing Harder, May Wreak Havoc in Mountains

By Chris Carmichael I can’t remember the last time there was this much rain during the Tour de France. Normally there are a few rainy days, but the peloton has endured wet conditions in almost every stage of this year’s race. On the positive side, rain means athletes have less trouble staying hydrated because the…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 11 – PowerSprints

Stage 11: Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur (167.5 km) Stage 11 is the last hurrah for the sprinters before they go to the back of the pack and suffer through the mountains. A breakaway will certainly go up the road and stay there for most of the day, but it will almost as certainly be reeled in…

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TDF Stage 10: Textbook Racing Strategies Yield Big Dividends for Omega Pharma-Lotto

By Chris Carmichael Stage 10 of the 2011 Tour de France is what’s typically referred to as a “transition” stage. The race has to move around the whole of France, using a combination of stages and transfers on team busses and trains. Stage 10 was essentially part of the process of getting the peloton down…

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2011 “Do the Tour, Stay at Home” Workout Program: Stage 10

  Stage 10: Aurillac – Carmaux (161km) Stage 10 is relatively short and doesn’t feature any major difficulties that would offer opportunities for the yellow jersey contenders. And with the Pyrenees looming in the distance, many riders and teams will be happy to let a breakaway have the day. Knowing this, the competition to be…

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