On 16th July, 10 riders (past and present) from A5 Rangers took part in the Etape du Tour. This is the same route the Tour de France will take on 20th July with 113 miles and 12,000 vertical feet.

12,162 started in total, but only 11,207 finished meaning 955 didn’t finish. Despite the distance, climbing and temperature rising to 36C on the final ascent to Col d‘Izoard, all 10 finished with times and positions below.

A special congratulations to Darren for a truly impressive time and beating ex-pros Frank Schleck at 7:44:39 and Thor Hushovd at 7:04:36, but also congratulations to all 10 as just finishing this event ahead of strict broom wagon with time limits is a massive achievement! The support from the locals and tourists was incredibly, offering support, food, drink and very welcome pouring of water over head and down back. A truly amazing event that will not get forgotten.


Darren Impey 7:03:25 1457

Craig Farr 8:16:37 4300

Dave Stimpson 8:20:32 4482

Mark Conway 8:45:20 5653

Craig Downhill 9:15:18 7058

Paul Ranson 9:21:08 7287

Martin Smith 9:44:34 8273

Andrew Overton 9:56:12 8715

Mark Bladon 9:56:16 8721

Francis Rodriguez 11:33:26 1102


Thanks to Martin Smith for the words - his ride can be seen at https://www.relive.cc/view/1086741094