Thanks for the offer Paul - if I could afford it next year I'd take you up on it.
Even tho' the Annecy-Semnoz one I done in 2013 was considered "easy" - only 80 miles after all, I done it after only taking up road cycling 12 months previous and it was insanely hard and very hot. Thankfully I did get a lot of good advice and managed to finish it; also didn't put a foot down on the final climb despite people sprawled on either side all the way up the climb.
It's the best thing I've ever done - I doubt I'll ever replicate the feeling when I crossed that finish line.
I would love to do the course again since I have a few years worth of training in my legs but I doubt it would be that much easier.
I would urge anyone to try it - even just once - it's an incredible experience. The organisation is impeccable as it's run by A.S.O. and there where loads and loads of spectators who came out to cheer the riders on and feed them with tasty local morsels 9a nice change from gels) - you could almost pretend to be racer (almost)
It gives a whole new persepctive on how good and supremely tough the pros are doing that year on year and racing up these climbs - absolutely mind boggling.