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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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.