My name is Jean-François Philllips and I’ve been into cycling (amongst other things) all my life. Whether this is a throwback from my French heritage, I don’t know. I just know that I like riding my bike.
The first bike I saved up for and bought myself was a Dawes 10 speed racer, when I was about 11 years old. It cost me £52. Since then, I’ve had numerous bikes, both road and mountain bikes and have Time Trialled throughout the ’90s with the Charlotteville Cycling Club of Guildford.
On the 27th August 2011, I attempted to cycle the route of the 2011 Tour de France on a day-by-day basis. I was due to ride the route on my own: all 3471kms. which include 6 mountain stages and 4 summit finishes, as well as climbing the Galibier twice, without a team car or any other assistance.
Trouble was, It was too tough a chalange and I gave up after the end of Stage 1. I didn’t just ride Stage 1, I rode from the UK over 2 days in order to get to the start but you can read all about it on this blog.
The story starts 9 months previously, after a hernia repair operation.