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

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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