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The Schedule

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Now then Team.

Your cuddly DS (director sportive) here.

Critical information as follows:

1. Rendezvous at St. Pancras ticket hall 11-45 am (latest) on Thursday 30th June. Good idea to bring passports

2. Train departs St. Pancras at 12-28. Sparkling conversation provided by the DS.

3. Train arrives in the capital city of the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys at 15-50.

4. We transfer from Paris Nord to Paris Gare Lyon by luxury van at 15-55.

5. Train departs Gare Lyon at 16-38. More sparkling conversation.

6. We arrive at Grenoble (half decent rugby team – bxggxr (not much) all else) at 19-33.

7. We transfer (50km) from Grenoble to a camp site just outside Bourg D’Oisans by luxury van (hopefully a Mercedes Vito) driven in a God-like manner by a bald but perfectly formed man called Drive. We are in two “softie” tents that each sleep a family of four. They come with camp beds, bed linen, pillows and cooking facilities – bring a towel. Luxury.

8. Friday 1st July will be spent putting bikes together (unless you are called Anton or Steve – when you get Jim to do it), going for a little pootle and driving up Alpe D’Huez to register. I suggest that all passengers close their eyes on the ascent – bxxxdy (very) scary gradient.

9. Saturday 2nd July. LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE! We kick some Garlic Munchers’ axxxs (bottoms) up their own hills.

10. Sunday 3rd July. A wonderfully comfortable transfer via luxury van back to Grenoble for a 12-05 departure. The whole team must now “Get On It” in the on-board cafe bar. A prize for the most cans of 1664 sunk before Paris.

11. Arrive Paris Gare Lyon at 15-13. Another luxury transfer to Gare Nord. Steak frites and a bloody good bottle of red (at or close to Gare Nord) – all steaks to be on the blue side of rare – no pxxfs (weaklings).

12. Depart Paris at 16-43. Head straight to the on-board bar for more 1664. Another prize for the most cans sunk before we arrive back in the capital city of God’s Own Country.

13. Arrive St. Pancras 17-59. Emotional/drunken farewells and return journeys on our rather inferior transport system to the bosoms of our long suffering families.


Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

My beautiful Cannondale bike is knackered. It turns out it has a hairline crack along the bottom bracket!. technical boring stuff but the bottom line is that Cannondale have agreed to replace it under warranty. The only pronblem is getting it back for the tiur of Wessex!

Jim’s aiming to defeat the Marmotte

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

La Marmotte to be precise and its my ambition to pedal this classic French cyclosportive route not push! I already consider myself a cycling legend amongst the Garage Door Industry, not for my John O’Groats to Lands End ride in nine days last year, but because of the information I found time to post on my ride blog on the detailed state of my bowels. I’ll be at it again this year!

Jim and his trusty steed

I’m continuing the link to Alder Hey Childrens Hospital and will be hoping for support through sponsorship for this outstanding specialist hospital. I still struggle to contemplate what life would be like for families and their sick children without this beacon of healing and hope.

La Marmotte is a one-day event that uses some of the climbs used in the Tour de France. The route is 174 km (108 mi) long and features more than 5180 metres (17,000 feet) of climbing (imagine cycling to the top of Mont Blanc and still having another kilometer to go…) The event goes over the Col du Glandon, Col du Telegraphe, Col du Galibier and finishes at the top of one the most famous Tour de France climbs, Alpe d’Huez.
La Marmotte
The event takes place on July 2nd 2011 and I’m already in training. Although considerably shorter than the 1000+ miles of last years challenge, the chances of failure are higher – events don’t get much tougher than this. Why not sponsor me just for competing but add a finish line bonus to help me dig deep and motivate myself to cross the line. It’s a great cause and deserves support – you can sponsor online via

You’ll also see an update on Emily Atkins, the young girl treated at Alder Hey’s renal unit, which started this whole cycling madness.

Make sure you look out for my blog, back for another round of pedal turning exploits – I’ll try and spare the stomach turning details this time around…