I’m riding the Tour de France
March 1, 2007
Well, not all of it, just Stage 1 from London to Canterbury. I should probably also point out that it’s not actually the TdF, just the British Cyclosportive the week before.
It’s the 192 kilometre (120 mile) route from Greenwich Park to Canterbury through the Kent countryside and you need to maintain an average above 20 km/h (12.5 mph) to avoid being picked up by the support vehicles.
Unfortunately it is the weekend after the Glastonbury Festival – not ideal for training - but the weekend before the festival is the London to Brighton Bike Ride so I’ll get a bit of riding in.
Also, the weekend before the London to Brighton is the Isle of Wight Festival so it looks like I’m going to be alternating music festivals with bike rides for a while.
Fortunately I’m planning a cycle tour from London to Amsterdam and back during the May school holidays (the week before the Isle of Wight Festival) so I’ll be able to get some sustained kilometres in then.
It looks like my Saturday rides will need to be more training and less trundling from now on…