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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Hills, hills and more hills

A view from half way

Hills, hills and more hills

May 4, 2014  |  Training Rides  |  Comments Off

Today’s ride came with a very valuable lesson – do not let Mark plan a training ride. With the hills in Italy looming ever closer the training rides need to incorporate the things we normally try to avoid. Today was all about finding the hard ones!
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Hello from Switzerland

Hello from Switzerland

May 4, 2014  |  Training Rides  |  Comments Off

It’s not all about the Manchester training. We are an international bunch. Christine, who’s Swiss, has a slight advantage over us Brits by being born into hills has been putting in training too.. Read More

Hill training

One of the nasty hills

Hill training

April 27, 2014  |  Training Rides  |  Comments Off

I should start today’s post with a Happy 1st Wedding Anniversary to Andy and Lez. A good excuse not to use a rare week off for cycling.

60 miles today saw us attempting the route to Sutton hall again, with much more satisfying results – and not just because we completed…

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1st two day ride

April 21, 2014  |  Training Rides  |  Comments Off

After yesterdays 80 mile ride to Nantwich we set off for a shorter hillier ride today.
First was a trip to try and by some loctite to help fix Mark’s bike – there is only so much on the fly tightening of the new crank he can handle. Like all…

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Birthday riding..

Getting ready to go.

Birthday riding..

April 20, 2014  |  Training Rides  |  Comments Off

Sunday saw our first really long ride of the training. 80 miles down to Nantwich to see Mark’s parents for his birthday.

Somehow we managed to cycling down in nice conditions despite each town we went through being recently soaked with rain.
The ride back was slightly more problematic…

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Training ride shenanigans

March 23, 2014  |  Training Rides  |  Comments Off

3 training rides in and being back on the bike has been somewhat eventful. For starters, getting used to cycling with a side wind most of the way is taking some effort, alongside managing fingers and toes that are cold to the point of numb (any suggestions from fellow cyclists…

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