Get it in your diary and prepare for nine straight days of Sufferfest videos. The 2017 Tour of Sufferlandria, the Greatest Grand Tour of a Mythical Nation, is from the 4th to the 12th of February. Official Patrons are Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter and all donations benefit the Davis Phinney Foundation. In 2016, more than 3,000 Sufferlandrians raised $125,000 for the DPF.
* It’s not really a race – it’s just you against yourself and whether you can push yourself for 9 days straight.
** Thanks to the wonders of a round planet and multiple timezones, each ‘Day’ on the Tour of Sufferlandria starts and finishes at the International Date Line. Practically, that means you have a 50 hour window in which to complete each stage. We’ll have a complete breakdown nearer the start of the Tour.
You can buy the Official Race poster. Available in two versions: one with a male rider and one with a female rider. All profits from sale of posters donated to the Davis Phinney Foundation. Get them at at RedBubble.
Download the template to create your own ToS 2017 Race number. Just change whatever you like, do a screen shot and post as your profile pic on social media. Instructions in the document.
We've only just begun putting our amazing prize list together, but here is what we have so far! It's building nearly ever day, so stay tuned for more great prizes.
Announced in Mid-January
Announced in Mid-January
Davis Phinney is one of our heroes from the 80s, was a professional cyclist who won, amongst other things, two stages of the Tour de France. His wife, Connie Carpenter, was the 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Women’s Road Race and a World Champion on the track. Davis, who has Parkinson’s disease, set up the Davis Phinney Foundation to help people with Parkinson’s live better lives now. Davis and Connie are our ToS 2016 Race Patrons. Their son is Taylor Phinney of the Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team.
Let me get this right. The Tour of Sufferlandria is simply doing one or more Sufferfest videos over 9 days as listed in the Official Route? Correct.
Is it a race? No. It is simply you against yourself to see whether you can push yourself for 9 days. We believe you can.
Where does it take place? In your Bike Torture Chamber, Pain Cave or whatever you call it. Or join a group at one of our Official Sufferlandrian Embassies.
How do I sign up? You register by making a $10 donation to our partner charity, The Davis Phinney Foundation. For every $10 you donate, you’ll have one chance to win one of the amazing prizes.
But how will you know I did the videos? We trust you. But we'll also see on the app.
Do I have to do all the stages? Yes. Of course, you can skip one or more. But then you’ll know. And you probably won’t be able to forgive yourself for that.
For stages with more than one video, do I have to do the videos back-to-back? Yes. You wouldn’t take a break halfway through a Tour de France or Giro stage so why would you expect less of the Tour of Sufferlandria?
Do I have to do them on the exact dates? You actually have a 50 hour window in which to do each stage thanks to the wonder of a round planet and multiple time zones. We'll have a countdown clock for each stage so you know what the exact time windows are.
Do I have to have the app in order to complete The ToS? Yes - many of the stages feature videos that are only available on The Sufferfest Training Centre App.
I don't have the app so I'll just make up my own stages and do the Tour. That's cool, right? You can do that, but then you're not doing the Tour.
What kind of bike do I need for this? Can I do it on rollers? As long as you can Suffer on it, we don’t care what kind of machine you use.
I’m planning on peaking for Paris-Roubaix, the Tour de France and the World Championships. Do you think the ToS is the right prep? Of course! What else are you going to do – Paris-Nice or some easy race like that? C’mon. Let’s get back to the old-school way of preparing for big goals and suffer like greased pigs in January!
I guess I'm going to get hungry? What do I eat? Check out our nutrition advice for getting through the Tour.
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