Archive for June, 2014

The day that just kept going

The day that just kept going

June 17, 2014  |  The real thing  |  5 Comments

Day 3 – Pistoia to Siena

When you are cycling on a day that feels like it is never ending you have to remind yourself to take a moment to appreciate your surroundings and the simple things. The sunshine, breathtaking scenery that looks like it’s from a picture postcard, sweeping…

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Water water everywhere...

Water water everywhere…

June 16, 2014  |  The real thing  |  2 Comments

Day 2 – Bologna to Pistoia

The word to describe today is without a doubt, wet. Rain showers? More like being in the shower. The low point had to be the lorry that drove through a puddle next to mark and I and showered us with water that came over our…

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The route that kept getting longer

The route that kept getting longer

June 15, 2014  |  The real thing  |  7 Comments

Day 1 – Venice to Bologna.

Today was supposed to be 85 miles when we set off. Mark’s memory was clearly failing him and within a few miles the day had extended to 90. When we checked the garmin the actual distance was 95 miles and after a slight detour because…

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We have arrived in Italy.

We have arrived in Italy.

June 14, 2014  |  The real thing  |  1 Comment

Enjoying prosecco, wine and beer in Venice- we are here.
10 miles ridden and bikes ok so far, they survived the journey.
Ouch badge to Andy, who kissed the Tarmac after close encounter with a tram track. Lez, he’s fine.
Proper update tomorrow but some pics for now to whet the appetite while…

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1 last spin...

1 last spin…

June 12, 2014  |  Training Rides  |  2 Comments

With just 1 more day at the office, preceded by our final spinning session tonight, it’s all about the final preparations now.

Andy, on his last training ride yesterday, suffered from a cycling catastrophe which led to this email…

“Just had a disaster with bike, rear mechanism, the hanger, the chain and…

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England is beautiful when the sun shines

England is beautiful when the sun shines

June 1, 2014  |  Training Rides  |  2 Comments

2 weeks today and we will be riding in Italy. Scary thoughts then that today was the first time I’ve been on a bike for 4 weeks. After a weekend away, the Manchester 10k, and a weekend of sickness, a 50 miler in the Cheshire hills was a daunting but necessary return to the saddle.
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