Donnacha tackles the climbs of the Tour de France

Published 03/07/2013 | 05:36

Donnacha Galvin will cycle two stages of the tour de france, La Marmotte and etape du tour this weekend
Donnacha Galvin will follow the route of two stages of the Tour de France this weekend.

Niamh Ryan

BALLYARD man Donnacha Galvin (37) is all set to take on two stages of the Tour de France over two days this weekend. He will take on the gruelling challenge of cycling 300km with over 9000m of climbing.

On the first day, he will complete La Marmotte and will pass Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraph, Col du Galibier and the Alpe d'Huez, which has a 13.8km climb and 21 hairpin bends.

The very next day, Donnacha will set off on his bike again to cycle the Etape du Tour, which includes Côte de Pugel, Côte de Aillons-le-Vieux and Col du Mont Revard. It's unusual for anyone to do two stages in two days so this will be a great achievement for Donnacha.

He has been cycling for the past four years and is a member of Manor West Cycling Club for one year.

"It'll be 29 to 30 degrees Celsius. There's no way you can train for that here in Ireland so it will be something different to contend with" said Donnacha.

Donnacha has put in a lot of training in the past few months. He's been cycling 300 to 350km a week and cycled up and around the Conor Pass. He has also trained by travelling to and from Dingle when he can.

He'll need all that practise in the days ahead!


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