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Le Tour Trial: Week 10

Reporter Jonathan Brown is put through fitness tests in preparation for Le Tour Trial by sports scientist Andy King and coach Tom Barras at Carnegie Sports Centre, Leeds Metropolitan University.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Reporter Jonathan Brown is put through fitness tests in preparation for Le Tour Trial by sports scientist Andy King and coach Tom Barras at Carnegie Sports Centre, Leeds Metropolitan University. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Tour de France reporter Jonathan Brown has decided to saddle up and ride the 190km stage one route from Leeds to Harrogate in a single day in June.

The challenge has been set in a bid to raise money for the charities behind Wheatfields and St Gemma’s hospices in Leeds, which support people with life-limiting illnesses.

With the help of training-pro.co.uk coach Tom Barras and cycling firms Wheelbase and Cyclesense, the 25-year-old has agreed to an eight hour weekly training plan and is writing a weekly training column.

To donate to the St Gemma’s collection visit www.justgiving.com/letourtrial or for Wheatfields see www.justgiving.com/letourtrial.

WEEK TEN: I feel back on track after a week of birthday excess.

I’ve spent several hours doing high intensity static bike turbo training and managed to take a day off on Thursday, which I dedicated to my longest ride yet.

I managed 50miles from my flat in north Leeds to beyond Bolton Abbey, in North Yorkshire, and back. Exhausting and exhilarating in equal measures, the ride taught me one big lesson – buy some cycling sunglasses.

Riding at a humid 17C, I quickly rifled through a litre of cordial and in need of a refill was speeding along some rural roads when a massive fly nose-dived into my left eye.

Thankfully I was clear of traffic and, after voicing my frustration a little too loudly for some passing motorists, I stopped to clean up.

Next time I think I’ll invest in some specs because I don’t want to have an accident, and I don’t think arriving home with fly carcasses for eyebrows is a good look.

I’m aiming to match Thursday’s distance with another trip out to the sticks today – hopefully the insects will see me coming this time.

 

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