Train for l’Etape du Tour on the French Riviera!

« Côte d’Azur, official training camp for l’Etape du Tour »

Each year, l’Etape du Tour is one of the most famous sportive, attracting thousands of riders.
This year, the race will take place on July, between Pau and Hautacam climb, through the legendary Col du Tourmalet.


In partnership with Visit Côte d’Azur, Jean-Baptiste Wiroth, founder of WTS-The Coaching Company, invites you to train with him on beautiful French Riviera in order to prepare for the Etape.

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Jean-Baptiste offers « à la carte » training depending on your needs, with the following options :

– Ride the most beautiful climbs of the area : Col de la Bonnette, Col du Turini, Col de Braus, Col de la Couillole, Col de la Lombarde, or the famous Col de la Madone
– Ground testing in the Col de Vence.
– Lab testing with Dr. Stéphane Bermon at the Monaco Sports Medicine Institute.
– Massages with Jean-Christophe Tiphaigne, masseur of professional riders (Froome, Hushovd …).
– Swimming and running sessions for triathletes
– Nutritional assessment with Dagmar Geiselhardt, sport dietician.
– Ride the sportive : Cîmes du Mercantour on June, Cyclo Valberg June, just one month before the Etape du Tour!



And of course … sun and fun !

NB : The first 5 registered will receive a free entry for the Etape du Tour offered by the Visit Côte d’Azur!



Feel free to contact Jean-Baptiste for a custom program !






Haute Route : Stage 1 Analysis – Geneva/Megève

Sunday, August 18 will start the Haute Route Alps in Geneva. We will use the last 10 days before D-Day to decrypt each of the 7 stages.

Stage 1
With a 4 stars ranking (out of 5), the first stage will be difficult to manage with 153km, 3 major climbs and 3300m ascent.

The main difficulty of the course will be two manage successively the two main climbs : col de l’Encrenaz and Col de Joux Plane, 28.5 km cumulative ascent with almost no recovery time.


My advices
– Be carefull with the « euphoria » of the start, you have 25km untimed to warm up progressively before entering the timed section.
– Save energy for the second half of the week. Stay in your endurance zone (less than 90% of maximum heart rate), even in the climbs.
– Feed yourself regularly (water, energy drink, solid food) to avoid glycogen depletion.
– Be carefull with the Heineken booth after the finish line.
– Enjoy this unique moment 😉

Escort Coaching
WTS offers an escort coaching service for those who need to be coached during the race.
I’ll be there throughout the race to specifically coach few riders.
To benefit from this service :

Testimony from Mike Schmidt

mike-schmidtIn 2011 I first learned how to swim and completed a half ironman race.  Less than a year later, Eric became my coach and helped me complete Ironman Wisconsin.

Eric quickly assessed my skills and devised a challenging and rewarding training plan. By race day I felt confident in my ability to complete this long endurance event.

I fully enjoyed my training and learned a lot about my athletic skills.  Eric was always very accessible and responded to my questions almost hourly.  I learned how to train like an athlete, as well as enhancing my daily workouts.

As a cardiologist and member of the American College of Sports Medicine, I continue to enjoy frequent conversations with Eric about exercise physiology.   This furthers both our knowledge and professional expertise in sports science and athletic training.

Mike Schmidt

Testimonies from Eric’s clients


Eric had helped with with all facets of learning and training for triathlon.  He has just the right mix of serious encouragement and humor.  His programs are challenging but always obtainable; helping you reach all your goals.  For me, a great day at my first Ironman!   I would recommend Eric for the beginner or experienced triathlete!

Doctor Joe Boyle






Eric brings two important qualities to his clients:  professionalism and camaraderie.  His experience in coaching allows me to grow as an athlete while his conviviality provides humor and support. Eric has a keen eye for detail and is able to tailor work outs to meet the individual needs of his clients.  A hectic work schedule is no longer an « excuse » for me not to work out since Eric provides me with a manageable calendar of daily training. Consistent communication is a strong feature of Eric’s coaching strategy.  He is readily available for questions, comments and advice throughout every stage of training.  My running has significantly improved as a result of his training advice.

Carol Ireland


cliente-gauthier-wts-dirk-izzo-Eric helped me train for my first Ironman.  He helped me build up my training from Olympic distance to 1/2 Ironman and finally a full Ironman.  His training program was outstanding and got me more than ready for the Ironman.  I felt so good after the race it makes you think how much harder you could have gone.  Thanks Eric.

Dirk Izzo





When I first started working with Eric I was a runner interested in competing in triathlon. Eric has helped me become a competitive triathlete in a relatively short period of time as I will be competing in my first full Ironman event later this year. I truly feel that my progress has been expedited and I would be nowhere near where I am today if I had not worked with Eric. His technique works well for me as I know what is expected of me each week and he is terrific about tailoring the training to fit my busy travel schedule.  The service Eric provides is comprehensive in that we discuss training on a regular basis but included in our interactions are discussions on various topics including nutrition (ongoing training and race day), physical, mental and emotional preparation, equipment needs/recommendations, tracking progress against goals, as well as various of other ad hoc topics. Eric’s insightful feedback on my daily training activities is very helpful in making sure I know how I am progressing and also ensures that I am prepared come race day.

Kevin Radisewitz


Eric is a highly competent and professional personal coach with a track record of excellence in tailoring training to individual needs and goals. Moreover, because he personally has attained elite level status as an athlete and along with his certifications this provides him with a strong coaching foundation. This coupled to his enthusiasm and very personal attention, and support, makes for a winning combination that produces results. I highly recommend Eric for coaching and training.

Doctor Rob Ireland


kimberly-radisewitz-wts-gauthierPrior to meeting Eric, I exercised on a regular basis. However, I did not understand the difference between training and exercising. For the past two years, I have been training with Eric and I am very pleased with both my level of fitness and my race performance. I have placed in the top three within my age group for most of my races – Thanks to a wonderful coach!

Kim Radisewitz