With just over three weeks to go until the challenge commences, everything has been booked ready for the onslaught and training has progressed.
Thankfully since the last blog post, the weather has improved significantly and the training mileage has increased. Most of the group are new to road cycling, so it has been especially important to gain the miles and bike confidence ready for the 600 mile journey that looms in front of us.
Yesterday we completed our first ride as a group, around Richmond Park, to get used to riding with each other. Apart from the initial London traffic to get to the park, a great ride was had by all and about 20 miles completed together.
“I have always struggled to achieve excellence. One thing that cycling has taught me is that if you can achieve something without a struggle it’s not going to be satisfying.”- Greg LeMond
Some significant training rides have been achieved recently. As you can see from our Strava leaderboard, the mileage is being completed!
(editors note: One guess who volunteered to write the blog this week)
Richard ventured across the channel to tour the Netherlands for a long weekend, clocking over 100 miles in total.
Neil has been heading out whenever he has a free hour in the evenings, achieving a high average speed against the clock round his local roads.
Andy and Tom explored the Surrey Hills, challenging their legs with climbs rather than gaining significant distance.
Ollie has been struggling with a knee problem, but is still determined to gain some mileage and see the challenge through!
Lara has extended her commute on more than one occasion to head to Richmond Park, as well as doing some long country rides back in Cambridge. Mark has been riding in town to commute to work, clocking up valuable mileage in the process