Tuesday, 28 February 2012

One day to go..

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle said in an edition of Scientific American  (in 1896!) "when the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous... just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”    Well, in a day's time I will be checking this little observation out - not sure he has got it right, but hey, after six days "out for a spin" I should be in a position to verify.   Mind you, Louis de Saunier (no less indeed) also commented on this new (ish) form of transport of the time with his blistering attack “cycling has encountered more enemies than any other form of exercise.”

The jury is out (with a small "pocket size" pot of vaseline) and a load of goodwill to test these thoughts over a 100 years later - will keep you informed.   Cleaning the bike today.    Last minute preparations and absolutely no exercise (wey hey)  except for delivering the bike to London for tomorrow's start.  

Excited with trepidation - that best of feelings - off to achieve something that will be testing - what's the point otherwise (I guess)?

Monday, 27 February 2012

"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking"   Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

oh yeah??   Bet he wasn't on the road to bleeding' Cannes    Mike Boardman

two days left before....

Not been so good as far as training goes since my last blog -  Saturday started well with about twenty miles covered before Nick's pedal fell off and we had to get a lift back.   Which goes to show -ANYTHING CAN happen!   Anyway the 20 miles that we did do did go some way to proving to me that I have definitely not done enough training - I am suitably concerned.     Time has been the issue and doing too much with it!!  

Sunday was track day - so the Lotus took the beating for me and I am left to just cleaning the bike now before the BIG start on Thursday.   Praying for no headwinds - a following breeze would be too much to ask for.

I feel that I am due to challenge the words of J F Kennedy (no less) "Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride".......

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Saturday morning - four days to go before kick off - oh god! And I met the others doing this last Wednesday evening - oh god! Went off to buy my kit as a result Thursday morning (at least, trying to LOOK the part) - oh god - they ran out of extra large. One whole part of this escapade is to lose at least a stone (not put it on - the nerves, you see) - we are meant to be cycling the mountain range not BEING the blinkin' mountain range...
Very luckily bumped into a bloke who was going to MIPIM last week - a last minute entrant for the conference who wouldn't stop going on about how full ALL the hotels were - now you would have thought that anyone who had been in full training (ha ha) for six months, had bought all the kit and had serviced his bicycle solely to cycle to a place 1,500 kilometres away would have at least organised a place to stay WITH a hot bath and multiple spas and sauna facilities wouldn't you?
Now my main excuse for the lack of training so far has been acting the avaricious King in the Braughing pantomime followed by the late snow of early Feb (which is wearing a bit thin now (not the snow, the excuse,- REAL cyclists ignore such inconveniences) but I had anticipated the pantomime stopped with the last curtain call - it hasn't - for me the panto is about to begin. Oh God!

Off for a two hourer in two hours, with a couple of local keens - they have legs eight inches longer than mine - need I say more....

Thursday, 16 February 2012


Only two weeks left and desperate to get what training I can in - too busy with work to find the time!   This is going to be painful!