Archive for July, 2009

Back on track

July 26, 2009

The Folding Bike Challenge training is back on track with a 50 mile Tikit stint. Joolz was on her road bike and could drop me on the hills…

She's got a gap now and Dent's in all sorts of trouble

She's got a gap now and Dent's in all sorts of trouble

…but by ‘turning myself inside out’ to quote the Liggett/Sherwin terminology I was able to wind her in and could tell she was suffering from (more…)

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“…he’s built an impressionable lead now!”

July 21, 2009

As always I am enjoying the Tour de France coverage. Even more so as Bradley Wiggins looks in contention for the first British podium place since forever.

And yet, and yet…it is Phil Liggett’s commentary which is the real draw. Apparently Astarloza’s lead in the final kilometre today was easily influenced.

Downs and ups

July 14, 2009

Training took a dip this weekend. Had scheduled a big ride in – over Holm Moss and then see how it went. Was just not up to it, cycled out to Bradfield and just knew it wasn’t going to happen. Returned home with a not too impressive 13 miles under my tyres. It did have the advantage that I could a) watch two hours of live Tour de France coverage and b) find this story of cycling redemption on the NY Times website.

FBC Training Plan

July 5, 2009

An excellent long ride out to Ashbourne last weekend – some 90 miles door to door. This was my first ride with the local CTC District Association and an excellent ride it turned out to be. The Peak District can be a busy and unpleasant place to cycle in mid-summer on main roads, but this was a well thought out route through quiet roads.

The plan now looks like this:

1. A further ride out to Holm Moss next week (60+ miles)
2. A long flat ride in Lincolnshire on the Tikit (50+ miles) – largely to test comfort after long hours in the saddle
3. Phil and Friends on 2 August (100 miles)
4. As many miles to and from work as possible, including a couple of Tikit rides (round trip 34 miles)