Thursday, 29 March 2012

Tim's Cycling Diary Part 4 - Tour de France Inspired Palace to Palace Prep

The preparations have now begun in earnest. On 20th May Team Levenes Cycle Injury will be taking part in the Palace to Palace challenge, a 45 mile Tour de Warwickshire if you like, in aid of The Princes Trust.

Mind the Gap...
I was out on Sunday morning and did 19 miles out from Hamstead. It was the start of a beautiful day and as the clocks had gone forward my 8.15 depart BST was a bit early for a lot of people. Riding back from Bassetts Pole towards Blake Street along Watford Gap Road (which is nowhere near Watford Gap in case you are wondering) the early morning nip had gone and it was starting to warm up.

Tim leading the pack...
As I approached a remote farm building I could hear a skylark overhead and I imagined myself, just for a moment, in the Tour de France on a long solo breakaway. With about 8 miles to go, was my lead enough or would I be swallowed up? A motorbike came up from behind and overtook me, but there was no pillion passenger holding a board up with the time gap between me and the peloton. There were no fields of sunflowers either. Still, for a minute or two I could imagine.

Anyway, back to reality. I find that my colleague and teammate Colin has secretly been doing some serious training on his vintage Dawes Galaxy having done a tour of 40 miles around Leicestershire on Saturday morning. No carbon forks or frame, toe clips or SPD system for him – he’s just naturally fit. It's sickening as he is 10 years older than me! I need to get some more miles in!

Talking of reality, the news that tanker drivers have voted in favour of strike action leads me to wonder if we are going to see scenes of long queues of motorists, once more panic buying fuel as happened with previous disputes and fuel protests.

Wouldn't it be nice if instead of queues at petrol stations, people queued up at their local bike shops to buy new bikes or have their old underused bikes serviced. Having got my first proper road bike, I was having some problems with arm strain and my headset didn't seem right. Thanks to the top advice from the guys at On Your Bike in Birmingham, those problems have be sorted. Local bike shops do an excellent job and that’s one queue I'd definately be happy to see.

Happy cycling.

Tim

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