Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Tour Dreams Over For Another Year...

The Tour de France kicks off this week, but I'll be watching with rather mixed emotions this year.

On the one hand, it's wonderful to have the tour roll around, especially with British talent such as Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in contention...

Mark Cavendish winning the World Road Race Championship 2011
But on the other, I was hoping to join my heroes this summer. Not literally - although Jens Voigt, at 40, is still flying the flag for us middle-aged cyclists - but because I was planning to embark on my own cycling tour of France this summer.

With my brother, plus a couple of friends, I had mapped out an amazing route over 13 of the great Tour de France cols, including Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux and Alpe d'Huez.

Sadly work commitments, weather and training regimes have meant that won't be possible this year, so I'll only be able to enjoy the challenges of the Tour de France from the comfort of my sofa.

Here's hoping for 2013. And good luck to Cav and Brad!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Let it Rain!

I'm not a fair-weather cyclist - I rode 300+ miles over Christmas in the wind, rain and sub-zero temperatures - but I do have my limits...

Cycling in June 2012...
June 2012 is forecast to be the wettest month on record and I'm afraid to admit that I hate riding in the rain, so cycling is becoming a rare pleasure at the moment.

I've ridden in some pretty awful rain - I remember the end of my first day riding from Birmingham to Edinburgh in 2008 when the heaven's literally opened in Buxton and a biblical downpour near Hamburg in Germany the year before - but it's just not something I could ever enjoy.

It's not so much the soaking - although that's bad enough - it's more the drying out of the clothes, the cleaning off of the bike and the way that rain seems to turn drivers into idiots.

So all I can say is, please let the sun come out in July!