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
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
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
|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
Anyone planning their own Tour de France would do well to check out a new website. Freewheeling France is the brainchild of Lynette Eyb, an Australian cyclist living in Bordeaux.
It’s early days yet, with limited information, but the potential is high with information on Where to go, Planning a trip and the Tour de France. It also has a Messageboard where you can ask or answer questions about any aspect of cycling in France.
Quirky clips from the past.