The Tour de France has finished for 2014 and our attention turns a little closer to home in anticipation of the Prudential Ride100. Whilst I appreciate this event is not to the same scale as the TdF, riding 100 miles will present a similar challenge to the less experienced or novice cyclist. The route for the Ride100 starts in London and heads out to Surrey along part of the route made famous by both the road race and time-trial events during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Once in Surrey, the route becomes more undulating between 75km-125km and features the main hills of the total 4,325 feet of climbing (1,318 metres).
Everything sounds muffled, except for a faint ringing in my ears and the sounds my own body is making, although I’m ‘feeling’ those rather than ‘hearing’ them: the thumpthumpthump of my heartbeat in my chest (174bpm); the panting of my lungs as I try to suck in more oxygen to feed desperate and failing muscles.
Our guest blogger Ant Collier – discusses his preparations for the Haute Route Pyrenees.
I was pretty chuffed to get the facebook message from La Fuga telling me I’d won an Haute Route Pyrenees Trip as a result of winning the Wattbike challenge at the London Bike Show! I couldn’t believe it and was absolutely ecstatic.
Then I looked at what it was. Oh, this isn’t a nice chilled out ride, it’s pretty daunting. Ok actually it’s pretty scary!
Milan – San Remo with ORICA-GreenEDGE
By guest blogger Andrew Rigg
Andrew Rigg was part of an exclusive quartet of guests with the ORICA-GreenEDGE team for the opening classic of the 2014 season, Milan – San Remo. He took time out on his return to tell us about the experience.
From the very moment we arrived in Italy, it was clear that this was no ordinary corporate jolly. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been on a few behind-the-scenes type sporting affairs, funnelled through corridors, shaking hands with people you recognise on the tv at football matches, F1, etc. It’s all very nice, but you feel as though you’re on a bit of a conveyor belt.