By Paul Norman
If you have withdrawal symptoms from the 2017 Tour de France already, with another three stages to go, the TDF 17 Limited Edition Tere frameset from Chapter 2 may help a bit.
Many pros stick a piece of paper with the key points on a stage’s route on their stem or top tube, so they can reference it during the race.
Chapter 2 has gone one better, decorating its special edition Tere frame with the route of stage 17 of the 2017 Tour de France, played out yesterday, between La Mure and Serre Chevalier.
The route included the highest point on the 2017 Tour, the Col du Galibier at 2642m and was won by Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo. The Galibier was first used in the Tour de France in 1911 and has been the scene of epic rides by Fausto Coppi, Eddy Merckx and Marco Pantani amongst others.
As well as the names and altitudes of the Stage 17 climbs on the top tube, the TDF 17 Special Edition Tere has the stage profile outlined on its down tube. And it’s yellow and black to match the Tour’s colours.
Available as a rim brake frameset, the TDF 17 Tere Special Edition frameset will be sold in limited quantities only, priced at £2019. Chapter 2 says that its limited edition frames change every six months or so, so you won’t get the chance to own the 2017 edition again. But there’s always the 2018 route to look forward to.
Of course if you’ve got the stage 17 route and its epic climbs emblazoned on your bike frame, the only real option is to ride the 183km of the stage yourself.
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