Conclusion

I take my hat off to anyone who rides the route of the Tour de France. I only know of one rider referenced as having ridden it on his own, with no support. It was in Paul Howard’s book, “Riding High”. At least, I presume this rider finished it. He was actually doing it the really hard way; camping. Continue reading

What happened next

It was all well and good, finding me a mobile home for the night but, I didn’t have any towels, as I was relying on hotels for all my overnight stays. And so, having ridden 232kms that day, I washed as best I could and walked into the small hamlet looking for food. Nothing was open. Luckily, I had packed a pack of Adventure Food and so, from a vacuum packed silver bag, I consumed a cold Chilli and rice and went to sleep. Continue reading

2 days to go

My ride today on Garmin Strava

Today didn’t really go that well. Hardly slept on the overnight ferry to Saint-Malo. The first 50kms of the ride was done in the rain. Although it cleared up for the next 60, the last 25 were also done in the rain. On top of that, the whole ride had a head wind. Not a good start. Continue reading

3 days to go

It’s too late to change anything. The time’s 14:20 and all final adjustments have been made and the bike is fully loaded. In a little while, I’ll be off to the Station to get the train to Portsmouth Harbour where I’ll be catching the overnight ferry to St Malo. Continue reading

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 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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