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Is there a life beyond cycling?

So there’s nothing left to do. The start is almost here and I’m finishing my training schedule with a couple of 5 mile warm-down runs before we head to London (by car) ready for my early morning start on Friday.

It really does feel as if cycling has taken over my life recently. Quite separately from the London Paris ride, months of planning came together on Sunday with my leading a successful 11 mile family-friendly bike ride around Plymouth with about 120 riders of all ages and abilities taking part. Great atmosphere and excellent co-operation from everyone. We want to do it again!

Then there’s the training for the ride, finding suitable training routes, buying gear, getting my bike serviced, checking the weather forecast, and eating. As the distance has been building, so has the time required. Last Friday I finally broke the 70 mile barrier, after a 40 miler the previous day, and although it was tiring I didn’t feel completely exhausted.

My only worry is the weather forecast for the ride. It looks currently as if we will have a head wind for the whole journey plus temperatures in the mid 20s. This is one occasion when I’d be happy if the forecast was wrong. I’d been praying for a tail wind and cool weather, but then given my record on praying I can hardly complain.

So before I go, a final plug for the charity on whose behalf we are undertaking this ride, Computer Aid International. They do excellent work in helping to get computers into schools and community projects, in places which otherwise would be unable to join the digital world which we take for granted. So thanks to all who have already donated so generously that I am now 82% of the way towards my target. It would be great if anyone who intends to donate but has not yet done so could help to push us to the 100% mark by donating on my JustGiving page. Or you could just send me a cheque!

I will not be blogging on the ride itself, so the next time you hear from me I sincerely hope I will have arrived in Paris in one piece, and I look forward to telling you how it all went.

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  1. Diana McCann
    May 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Very best of luck Stuart and we hope you have a strong tail wind

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