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Stage 21 – A Procession into Paris

For six months I have had a picture of Paris and a cyclist on my wall. The caption read: “Me riding the final stage of the Tour de Force event on Sunday...


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Posted on July 16, 2013 at 11:19 am
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Stage 20 – The Penultimate One

Today was the real final day. This is where it could have gone wrong and it would have mattered, not so tomorrow, that’s more a procession into Paris. This...


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Posted on July 16, 2013 at 10:52 am
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Stage 19 – The toughest yet

Classed as the toughest stage, today didn't fail to live up to that challenge. We had 2 massive Cols right from the start - the first was about 20km,...


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Posted on July 13, 2013 at 8:13 am
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Stage 18 – Finally Feeling Tired

Maybe I went a bit too hard yesterday. Whatever it was, today was the first day I felt really tired. There is a general tiredness across the peloton, you...


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Posted on July 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm
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Stage 17 – Time Trial Stage

The Time Trial stage - what this means is that we are let off at set intervals, we went at 30 second intervals, and ride it as hard as we can. Being fair,...


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Posted on July 12, 2013 at 1:54 pm
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Stage 16 – Rest day and still on the bikes

Yesterday was a rest day and the whole group felt different. We got up and had breakfast at a leisurely pace, normally it’s like feeding time at the...


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Posted on July 12, 2013 at 1:43 pm
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Stage 15

Stage 15 Grown men can cry, can’t they?

Grown men can cry, can't they? And no, it's not with the pain, we can handle that, well some of us can. It's more to do with the emotions of achieving...


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Posted on July 12, 2013 at 6:38 am
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Stage 14

Stage 14 and I’m confused

Stage 14 - 191 km I'm confused - even having just done the stage I've done, I needed to look at the Manual to check what towns we passed and the distance. It's...


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Posted on July 6, 2013 at 9:27 pm
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Stage 13 brings disappointment

Stage 13 - 173km Heading south west as we are, it's gone from being very British back to being French, you can almost feel the change with each pedal...


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Posted on July 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm
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Stages 11 and 12 done

Stage 11 - 33 km and Stage 12 - 218 km Yesterday (Wednesday) was a strange day - it was the time trial which was short and very wet, ending up at St Michael's...


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Posted on July 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm
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An emotional meeting after 34 years

In a slight digression from the cycling theme, today has been a special day and I'd like to share with you why. When I was 9, I went on a holiday to...


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Posted on July 3, 2013 at 2:27 pm
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Stage 10

Stage 10 got competitive

Stage 10 -  197km Well, we've been spoilt. Clearly the organisers either felt a bit guilty about the previous night's hotel or about what was to come,...


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Posted on July 2, 2013 at 5:18 pm
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Stage 9 was eventful

Stage 9 - 168.5km The Pyrenees are stunning. In 2007, I did the Etape which is a stage of the tour - for a cyclist it's a great experience with closed...


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Posted on July 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm
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Stage 8 was tough but tranquil

Stage 8 - 195km So here's the plan - let's ride for about 100 miles, then start climbing one of the toughest stages of the tour so far, up a mountain...


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Posted on July 1, 2013 at 5:24 pm
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Day 7

Stage 7 done

Stage 7 - 205.5km Leaving Montpellier was a challenge - we have to get 60 - 70 riders out of the city at rush hour, in the most efficient way. This means...


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Posted on June 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm
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Stage 6 completed

Stage 6 - 176.5km In our briefing for stage 6, Phil Deeker summarised stage 6 as a transfer stage - one to be treated as a recovery ride. Imagine...


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Posted on June 28, 2013 at 10:10 am
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Stage 5 finished

Stage 5 - 228.5km We knew today was going to be special for a couple of reasons. Firstly, William Wates' parents came out to wave us off, so his father,...


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Posted on June 27, 2013 at 9:35 am
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Stage 4, short and sweet

Stage 4 - 25km After finishing stage 3, we sat in a harbour at Calvi, waiting for the ferry to arrive. It was due in at 7pm, so we had from 3pm to 7pm...


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Posted on June 25, 2013 at 1:35 pm
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Stage 3 over

Stage 3 - 145.5km Unbelievable. The Tour de France organisers rubbed their hands with glee when they compiled this stage. Apparently it's the first...


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Posted on June 24, 2013 at 4:12 pm
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Stage 2 done

Stage 2 - 154km We had our briefing late last night - we always eat at 8pm and as you can imagine getting 80 hungry cyclists into a restaurant and all...


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Posted on June 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm
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