Archive for the ‘La Marmotte’ Category


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…

Day 2

Monday, June 14th, 2010

If day 1 promised wind and rain with an improving forecast then all that Sunday had to offer that was different was no improving forecast, in fairness the wind had dropped.

This should have been a beautiful run but all day was a fight with constant rain and generally difficult conditions.

Now this is a little techy but we’ve been debating heavily on the need to pace ourselves. We’ve all done sportives before and 100 miles in a day is okay and we usually average around the 16.5mph over the course. So after due consideration we agreed to ride within ourselves as we have 9 days of this. Day 1 – 16.4mph into wind day 2 – 17.2mph it’s absolutely mad! But brilliant too I hope we do not blow up. I have never covered 104 miles this quickly before! Who needs a plan!

Discovered something new today. Never had a post sport massage before.

Wow, can those guys hurt you. Does this hurt? No! What about this?

Yelp! Then they say got it and proceed to stick fingers, knuckles and even elbows into the offending part. Turns out that as it my first ever visit they found lots of old niggles that needed attention. There must have been 15 beds in that tent and 15 blokes howling like hyenas. It’s a crazy sport. You crush yourself for 7 hours on the bike get back as fast as you can to avoid the massage queues (everything is fast becoming about queues here) just to be legally assaulted

Anyway another wet night and early morning visit to you know where!