My Week in Training – Week 33

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Mon, 15th Aug 2011 84 2:53:15 Road 29.0 Strava – Garmin
Wed, 17th Aug 2011 76 2:43:39 Road 28.1 Strava Garmin
Fri, 19th Aug 2011 76 2:48:52 Road 27.3 Strava Garmin
Sat, 20th Aug 2011 40 1:22:11 Road 28.9 Strava Garmin

On Monday, I took it nice and easy. I also took the oportunity to test the new wheels, the Miche Reflex Wheelset, which I’d bought the previous day from Evans Cycles for £121. For the price, they are really good. I took the Fondriest out and so, can only compare them to my Mavic Carbonne SLs. They are definitely less twitchy in a cross wind although, they don’t have that gyroscopic effect of the Mavics, or the road noise effect. The Miche are slightly heavier than the Mavics and not as fast but then, the Mavics are 6 times the price of the Miche. All in all, I am very pleased with them and and look forward to using them in France. Continue reading

One week to go!

Nearly there, just one week to go (Until I leave for the Vendée, that is).

I’m slowly getting all the kit together. There’s only been one slight problem which has been resolved thanks to Zyro.co.uk, the importers of Altura panniers. A little while ago, I bought a Altura bar bag with the intention of using it on this trip. The trouble is that I no longer have the receipt and have never used it until now. It comes complete with a Map Flap which is sealed by the use of velcro strips which have come away from the plastic pocket. A quick phone call to them and they have very kindly agreed to put a new one in the post for me, at no charge. So, thanks again Zyro.co.uk. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 32

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Tue, 9th Aug 2011 84 2:48:08 Road 29.7 Strava – Garmin
Thu, 11th Aug 2011 40 1:28:33 Road 26.6 Strava Garmin
Sat, 13th Aug 2011 84 2:46:45 Road 30.2 Strava Garmin

207kms this week. I must admit that this week has been a bit busy, hence just 3 rides, with just 10 days left for my Big Ride. Continue reading

My progress so far – 18th June 2011

Firstly, here are the numbers:

  • 2 weeks to go to the start of the 2011 Tour de France.
  • 10 weeks to go to my Tour de France or Bust trip.
  • 2873 miles cycled so far this year.
  • All 21 stages mapped for GPS (available for download).
  • Accommodation booked and confirmed for the first 11 days of the trip.
  • £88.00 collected for Help for Heroes (My target is £1000) Continue reading

HTC Desire HD v. HTC Desire

During a previous post, I had instilled the virtues of the HTC Desire smartphone as one of my gadgets of choice for my upcoming Road Trip in September 2011, when I’ll be cycling the 3471km route of the 2011 Tour de France. I have since upgraded my smartphone to the Desire’s bigger brother, the HTC Desire HD.

Although it is a step up with some quite obvious improvements, there are also some let downs. I doubt if these let-downs will affect owners coming straight into the Android platform, but anyone upgrading from the original HTC Desire will, I think, probably feel the same way.

HTC Desire HHD

HTC Desire HD

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My Smartphone – the HTC Desire

During my upcoming Road Trip in September 2011, I’ll be cycling the 3471km route of the 2011 Tour de France, without a team car or any other assistance. During what some might consider a Mad Adventure, I’ll be reliant on a few pieces of technology, one of which will be my smartphone, the HTC Desire.

To be more precise, I would consider the current run of Smartphones as small Internet enabled touchscreen computers with the ability to make and receive phone calls. When I say Smartphones, I’m talking about the Iphones and the ones using Google’s Android operating system, such as the HTC Desire.

HTC Desire

HTC Desire

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