What a weekend! – the build up

July 4th, 2011

On Thursday I set of for the Alps. Early start from Wigan railway station into Euston round the corner jump on the Eurostar, Paris Nord pop across gay Pari jump on the TGV at Gard lyon arriving in Grenoble early evening with a simple van transfer up to Bourg D’Oisans tucked up in bed in our tents by 1030pm.

Next morning wow! It again is one of those moments when you step out side look around and remember what lifes about. Spectacular. A toodle into Bourge for breakfast, French patisserie another reason to live, then back to the campsite to assemble our carbon/titanium steeds. A quick 20mile pootle, and some lunch then up the mountain to register for Saturdays ride – this is where it slightly unravelled!

Why? well because it was at this point that reality kicked in. The drive up the 21 hairpin bends of Alp D’Heuz was terrifiying. Ramp after ramp going straight up the side of the mountain. 21 times I heard OMG, followed by silience it was huge. It causes you to revisit all your plans and doubt everything. but the reality is you can do nothing. So it’s off to bed full of apprehension for the next day.

We’re Off!!!

June 30th, 2011

Bags PackedThe morning of our departure is here. 4 blokes completely unorganised. Thank fully I have faired better than some. We need things like, insurance, licences, medical certifcates as well as the obvious passports. Last night saw some panicky emails “where do i get a medical certifcate from”. I think some quick purchases of wordart were made along with the colditz guide to producing documents!

Then it’s Eurostar and registering bags bigger than 85cm – what’s that all about. Plan A turn up and blag it!, Plan B panick!

Still it’s all an adventure

Sponsorship has been pretty poor, if you can do anything to help I would be very grateful. I got a card from the nurse at Alder Hey saying thanks to everyone (I’ll try and get Alison to scan it and post it)and confirming that your money reach her ward and wasn’t lost in the system.

Just for the record, every penny you donate goes to the charity. Last year on the End to End I talked to a number of riders who financed the adventure from raised funds with the balance going to there charity – this I think is pretty shabby, I would be doing the event anyway, so i pay. If I raise a tenner then great if its £3000 like last year then fantastic but it all go to the hospital.

What’s In Store

June 21st, 2011

profil_MarmotteThis image should give you some idea what we’re up against. last year I believe that out of 7500 starters 2500 fell by the way side simply due to heat exhaustion! I have ridden a 100 miles in a day often and it definitely is hard, but this is something else. last year Ride Across Britain was daunting, but I found myself getting stronger as the days went on. This is many levels harder and is a 1 day shot. the potential for failure is much higher!