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Le Tour Trial: Week 12

Reporter Jonathan Brown is put through fitness tests in preparation for Le Tour Trial.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Reporter Jonathan Brown is put through fitness tests in preparation for Le Tour Trial. 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 12: It’s about time I cracked on with this fundraising malarkey.

As much as cycling 190km in a day will be a huge personal achievement, I really want to make it count and boost the coffers of Wheatfields and St Gemma’s hospices at least a little bit.

I’ve created an embarrassingly amateurish fundraising stand next to my desk at work and have been starting to plug the Justgiving pages I’ve created. Low and behold I’ve raised about £300 so far – it’s a good start but there’s a way to go yet.

Cycling-wise I’ve been plodding along trying to tackle two 50mile rides a week.

With about three weeks to go I feel on track but my last ride turned into a bit of a farce. Feeling good and fuelled for distance I reached the Dales last Saturday in positive mood but the rain began to poor.

Within minutes I was soaked to the skin cycling through puddles in monsoon conditions beside speeding traffic on Leeds Road near Otley and, yes, it was scary. Safe to say I’ve invested in a waterproof cycling jacket.

 

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