BBBR13 Day 1 – quick update

Quick update for today as I’m knackered and it’s late!

Day 1 of the Big Battlefield Bike Ride saw us leave Paris (in rush hour), which took a good couple of hours (and for me, a replacement tyre…). Weather was inclement – persistent rain, wind (though mostly tailwind).

Nice countryside, visits to a few tiny wee First World War historic sites, a longer visit to the  clearing where the armistice was signed, then a ride home with a new, slow puncture for company! :)

More detail, and pictures, when I get a faster WiFi connection…

And so the start draws near…

Paris to London for Help for HeroesOne week from now, we will start our long ride from under the Eiffel Tower!

With over 500km (320 miles) under the belt in May alone, the legs should be strong enough – will my backside!?

Everything has been collected together, bags are packed, bike will be getting a service tonight, the excitement is building!

I’ll try to blog a bit each day after the ride, post some piccies, etc. to show you what it’s been like.

Fundraising stands at £1,875 of the £2,500 target – thanks so much to all who have contributed, there is still plenty of time to donate if you’d like to.

April Training & Fundraising Update

April has been a busy month for training especially, plus a bit of fundraising, and much organising of more fundraising…

The fundraising is now above £1,600, and well on the way to hitting the £2,500 target – thanks to all who’ve donated so far! I collected at Cambridge railway station to boost the total by nearly £130. I’ll be at Morrisons in Stanground, Peterborough on Friday 10th May too, so drop by and say hello if you are nearby!

Finished the Wiggle Newmarket 100On the training front, the distance for this year is now at 1,956km (1,213 miles), with about 660km (409 miles) of that in April alone, thanks to a couple of 100 mile sportive rides (the Wiggle Newmarket Saddle 100 [photo is of me and two buddies (Bob and Martyn) at the finish of the Newmarket ride after around 6 hours on the road!] and the Bike Events Cambridge 100). That’s 3,187 kms (1,976 miles) of training so far!

With four weeks to go to the start in Paris, it’s time to start thinking about what to pack, making sure I’ve got everything I need, and planning for further fundraising in May, June and July to hit target.

Not long now! :)

[You can donate here – thanks!]

10 Weeks To Go!

Unbelievable! I realised at the weekend that there are only 10 weeks to go until me and the bike head on down to London and onwards to France…

Thanks to everyone’s generosity, the first target of £1,200 was hit before the end of February, so now we’re into the home straight to raise a further £1,300 to reach my £2,500 target.

Fundraising currently stands at £1,478.70 – thanks again to all who’ve donated.

Training miles (kilometres) now stand at a grand total of 2,216km over 63 rides, since September 2012 (around 6 months). I’ve also lost a stone and got massive thighs now! :)

Recent rides have been pretty tough with the beautiful Spring weather bringing us snow, rain and hail… However, great to get out on the bike and train for a brilliant cause!

(And there is some more on an “interesting” recent ride in a later post…!)