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

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My Week in Training – Week 31

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Tue, 2nd Aug 2011 78 2:45:11 Road 28.5 Strava – Garmin
Sat, 6th Aug 2011 84 2:59:40 Road 28.0 Strava Garmin
Sun, 7th Aug 2011 84 3:03:14 Road 27.5 Strava Garmin

Tuesday was another still, hot day in the Massif Central. I had previously mapped out a ride taking me part way along Stage 9 of this years Tour route (Issoire to St Flour). This section runs from Lempdes to Massiac, along the Allagnon River with a very slight uphill gradient but the roads are fantastic. Most of it had obviously been resurfaced for the Tour with such smooth Tarmac, the reduction in rolling resistance was really noticeable. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 30

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Wed, 27th Jul 2011 39 1:30:09 Road 26.1 Strava – Garmin
Fri, 29th Jul 2011 39 1:26:37 Road 27.1 Strava – Garmin
Sat, 30th Jul 2011 39 1:24:23 Road 27.7 Strava Garmin
Sun, 31st Jul 2011 73 2:50:08 Road 25.7 Strava Garmin

I’m in France for 2 weeks of considerate drivers and good road surfaces. What with a tiring drive down to the Massif Central, my first day on the bike was Wednesday. This was a great ride with a 12km climb up into the hills up to a village called Champagnac le Vieux. The climb takes you through some really nice pine forests up to an altitude of 1000m. The descent, on the other side, was quite fast with a good road surface. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 29

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Mon, 18th Jul 2011 40 1:32:55 Road 25.6 Strava – Garmin
Tue, 19th Jul 2011 84 2:42:46 Road 30.9 Strava – Garmin
Fri, 22nd Jul 2011 92 3:18:11 Road 27.8 Strava Garmin
Sun, 24th Jul 2011 33 1:55:12 Road 27.6 Strava Garmin
View from Burling Gap

View from Burling Gap

The weather forecast is awful for this week. Today, the westerly winds are really strong and blustery. It also looked like rain. I decided to take the Trek out today and go around Beachy Head, taking the camera with me, as the photo opportunity would be quite good at Burling Gap and Beachy Head.

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Rule #24

According to Velominati, the Keepers of the Cog, Rule #24 of Cycling Etiquette states that “Speeds and distances shall be referred to and measured in kilometres“. They go on to say that “This includes while discussing cycling in the workplace with your non-cycling coworkers, serving to further mystify our sport in the web of their Neanderthalic cognitive capabilities.  As the confused expression spreads across their unibrowed faces, casually mention your shaved legs. All of cycling’s monuments are measured in the metric system and as such the English system is forbidden.Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 24

Date Miles Time Type Avg Speed (MPH) Links
Mon, 13th Jun 2011 25 1:32:54 Road 15.8 Strava – Garmin
Tue, 14th Jun 2011 57 3:21:11 Road 17.0 Strava – Garmin
Wed, 15th Jun 2011 25 1:21:35 Road 18.0 Strava Garmin
Sun, 19th Jun 2011 25 1:22:29 Road 17.8 Strava Garmin

Monday brought quite strong winds again, from the SW. For a change of scenery, and because of those winds, I decided to do the Beachy Head route in a clockwise direction, getting rid of the headwind early. After just a few miles, I realised that I really didn’t have that much energy. Thinking back, it’s was all down to the lack of carbs from the meals of the 2 previous days. Continue reading

Start Date – 27th August 2011

I have finally decided that my Tour de France or Bust trip will start on Saturday the 27th August 2011. With that in mind, I can now plan the finer details of the trip such as accommodation and mode of transport from stage to stage.