Category: etape

  • Sunday, the etape. Hasn’t it come round quickly…

    Tomorrow’s weather forecast is being watched carefully, but it looks like it will be a sunny day, with the temperature at the top of the Tourmalet at 17 degrees. That means 28 degrees in Arzeles, which will be warm. We completed the preparation by taking the car to the finish, and riding back, stopping in […]

  • I’m not so good at taper…

    I’ve been out both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Saturday went out on my own, did 58.5miles with 1050m climb. Lovely ride in the sunshine, and I simply can’t resist the Carrot Cake with my tea at Ashridge (another Ivinghoe in penance!) Sunday went out on the club run, to Swanbourne, which seemed quite a […]

  • And now for the taper

    Only managed one midweek ride this week. However, today we did a 120 mile route with around 2684m of climb. Were based the ride around the Chiltern 100 route, with the extra from cycling to the route and back from St Albans. I borrowed a Garmin 705 but it was useless. Having loaded the route, […]

  • End of long week, a short leisurely ride to spin the legs down

    Sunday morning, normally a time to be gearing up for a blast out with the club, but this Sunday, the legs were feeling the after-effects of the long saturday ride, so I went out with the neighbours for a short (40m) ride to Ashridge for tea (actually two mugs – we needed the fluids, that’s […]

  • Long ride in the sun, but not enough climb

    As I was abandoned by the family today, no reason not to spend the day on the bike.  I left at 8, got home soon after 3.  Managed to get the best part of 180km, but sadly, only around 2000m of climb. I did my best to get lots of climbs – I think […]

  • etape route: be afraid….

    be afraid, be very afraid…

  • Pyrenees lives up to it’s reputation for delivering diverse weather…

    At the start of the ride this morning it looked like quite a good day, and up until about 10km from the top if the Bales, it was. Then we got rain, hail, cloud and wind. No temptation to hang around on the top of the Bales – mind you the descent down the other […]

  • Back in the Pyrenees

    Back at Pyrenees Multisport for an etape reccie – funny how the same old faces turn up! It will be fun getting out on some real climbs. Only two days of cycling, but today we will take in the Col des Ares followed by the Port de Bales, tomorrow the etape course. last evening it […]

  • Dragon – Wales with Sunshine (well, enough to get me suburnt!)

    Sunday’s Dragon ride went ahead as planned – and I completed it in something under 7 hours – which should be a Silver – the 6:25 for a gold at my age is more than a challenge.  The day started with the queue for the car park, even arriving at 07:15 at M4 J35,  I […]

  • Prepare to ride the Dragon

    This weekend is the Dragon in South Wales.  The forecast weather has varied from sunshine all the way to rain.  Here’s hoping it’s somewhere in between.  I did manage to get out once during the week, a ride up and over Dunstable down, and back.  From the image, you can see the profile is pretty […]