** UPDATE: ROUTE ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO RELEASED: **
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Unlike previous Tours, which took place over nine consecutive days, the 2021 edition has been pared down to a still-mighty seven stages.
We know what you’re thinking, “Only 7 stages?! Has Grunter von Agony gone soft? Have him report to Flogging Station #42 post haste!”
Before you all start marching towards the Nine Hammers Tavern with pitchforks and flaming chamois, know that this was not a decision that Grunter and the rest of the Tour Committee took lightly. We’re living in extraordinary, unprecedented times. Given the current realities, we need to make sure that we act in the best interest of the Sufferlandrian community, while still holding true to the spirit of the Tour.
The Tour is grueling. It chews you up and spits you out…then picks you up off the floor and chews you up a bit more just to make sure it got all of the juice out of you. In the midst of a global pandemic we need to be mindful of not encouraging anyone to unnecessarily compromise their immune systems. The point of ‘Suffering’ in Sufferlandria has always been in the service of Honour, Glory and Victory; not to dig yourself into a hole so deep that you’re no longer able to do the things you love.
Will the 2021 Tour still be challenging? Despite being seven days, this is no walk in the park. You will be tested. There will be moments of doubt. But you will emerge victorious and live to ride another day. Besides, we want you to be able to join us for the tenth edition next year. I hear Grunter has something…special planned.
Other changes for the Tour this year:
- The Official Race Village will be here in the SUForum as opposed to the Facebook Sufferlandria group. This allows us to better create the experience we want without any ads, algorithms, or privacy issues.
Registration will be US$15. Additional chances at the prize pool will still be US$10. We have an aggressive fundraising goal this year and seeing as how we have never raised the registration fee in nine years, we felt it was time.
Tour Prep Training Plans are available now in the app . They start January 4th and end February 13th. There are two versions:
- One for those who have done Full Frontal or Half Monty in the past 6 weeks
- One for those who have NOT done Full Frontal or Half Monty in the past 6 weeks
Both versions have Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced options, which corresponds to the amount of training time per week the plan entails (not your experience as a cyclist).