I have modelled my training on that of Vincenzo Nibali

The Tour de France starts on Saturday 4th July .

It consists of

  • 9 flat stages
  • 3 hilly stages
  • 7 mountain stages including 5 summit finishes
  • 1 individual time trial
  • 1 team time trial
  • 2 rest days
  • so in honour of this great sporting event ,and because we are missing the sea, the hills and the rivers so much ,John and I are doing our own version .
  • John’s consists of …….
  • packing lots of Scooby-snacks, an inner-tube , a waterproof .
  • Then meeting thousands of strangers at dusk in Hackney Fields and cycling 200km overnight to the beach at Dunwich . Queuing half an hour for an ice-cream ( bacon buttie queue is too long ) and then falling asleep behind a sand-dune with a deck-chair over his head. Being driven home by me
  • Mine consists of
  • a drive to suffolk .2 rest days , a flat walk to the pub/harbour/fish smokerie .An individual time-trial – how long it takes me to run from the beach-hut into the North Sea at 7am .A team time-trial – how long it takes Matthew,Caroline ,Shirley Ann and I to run into the sea ,when we only have 3 pairs of beach shoes between us . A go on a mountain bike and the avoidance of any hills whatsoever

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