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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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 28

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Mon, 11th Jul 2011 92 3:23:06 Road 27.1 Strava – Garmin
Wed, 13th Jul 2011 92 3:21:57 Road 27.3 Strava – Garmin
Thu, 14th Jul 2011 84 2:50:50 Road 29.5 Strava Garmin
Fri, 15th Jul 2011 40 1:18:07 Road 30.2 Strava Garmin

Start of another week with a ride to Bewl Water and back (to Eastbourne) under beautiful blue skies. It was a nice ride but needed a couple of gels along the way to help with energy. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 27

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Mon, 4th Jul 2011 92 3:10:24 Road 29.1 Strava – Garmin
Tue, 5th Jul 2011 39 1:27:19 Road 27.0 Strava – Garmin
Thu, 7th Jul 2011 39 1:28:46 Road 26.8 Strava Garmin
Fri, 8th Jul 2011 39 1:17:43 Road 30.4 Strava Garmin
Sun, 10th Jul 2011 83 2:47:09 Road 30.1 Strava Garmin

The weather just keeps improving at the moment. Maybe, I shouldn’t talk too soon. With very slight SE winds, this morning, I decided to go out and do the Rye ride again. It was really nice to have a bike that doesn’t creak any more, after changing the pedals to an old set. Obviously, the bearing are on their way out. Continue reading

My Week in Training – Week 26

Date Kms Time Type Avg Speed (KPH) Links
Mon, 27th Jun 2011 91 3:47:39 Road 24.2 Strava – Garmin
Tue, 28th Jun 2011 40 1:22:47 Road 28.5 Strava – Garmin
Thu, 30th Jun 2011 72 2:29:06 Road 29.1 Strava Garmin
Fri, 1st Jul 2011 92 3:22:09 Road 27.4 Strava Garmin
Sun, 3rd Jul 2011 87 3:09:37 Road 27.6 Strava Garmin

It was a beautiful day on Monday, with very little wind, for once. With temperatures in the high 20s, Toby Field and I had rode to Bewl Water and back. Extra water had to be purchased at Wadhurst due to the excessive heat but all in all, this was a great ride. Continue reading

My progress so far – 18th June 2011

Firstly, here are the numbers:

  • 2 weeks to go to the start of the 2011 Tour de France.
  • 10 weeks to go to my Tour de France or Bust trip.
  • 2873 miles cycled so far this year.
  • All 21 stages mapped for GPS (available for download).
  • Accommodation booked and confirmed for the first 11 days of the trip.
  • £88.00 collected for Help for Heroes (My target is £1000) Continue reading