pan y agua
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
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I did L'etape de Tour in 2005. I don't recall seeing any tamdems. Not to say there weren't any ( even a decent number of tandems could be missed in a crowd of 9,000)
I see a couple of problems doing it on a tandem. Depending on the course, the early parts of the race can be extremely crowded. On the first climb, my year, it was a single lane road 13% grade, and wall to wall riders. You actually had to track stand, accelerate into a gap, track stand, accelerate into a gap, repeat. Negotiating those conditions would be more difficult on a tandem. Not impossible, but you'd need very good handling skills.
Second problem is the time cutoff. You need to be pretty strong to finish L'Etape. One guy I did it with was a pretty good Cat 4 racer, and got swept before he even got to the Col de Aubisque. So you'd need to be pretty strong climbers as a team to avoid getting pulled.
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.