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Eddy Merckx 1969 Challenge

Ride 700km in 20 days.

Challenge Ended: October 9, 2014
45 years ago Eddy Merckx earned the first of his five Tour de France victories. It was a race he unquestionably dominated, finishing almost 18 minutes ahead of the second placed rider, Roger Pingeon of France.

Beyond the overall, Eddy won 7 stages (6 individual and 1 team time trial), the points classification, mountains classification, combination classification, team classification (with FAEMA) and the combativity award. It was an incredible feat that has never been matched, and likely never will.

In honor of this historic event, Eddy Merckx Cycles and Strava are challenging you to ride 700 kilometers in 20 days. That’s 100km for each of the seven stages Eddy won during the race.

There are achievement badges to be earned at 233km, 467km and 700km. Will you be able to conquer the Challenge and collect all three? Channel your inner cannibal and make it happen!
  • 57,314
  • 24,370,599
    Total Kilometers Ridden
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