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Le Tour Trial: Week 15

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

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

Tour de France reporter Jonathan Brown has taken up the challenge to saddle up and ride the 190km stage one route from Leeds to Harrogate on Sunday June 22.

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 agreed to an eight hour weekly training plan and has been 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/letourtrial1.

WEEK 15: Tomorrow is the big day.

I’m nervous, slightly in denial about the challenge I’ve let myself in for and not looking forward to it in the slightest.

I started the week well, cycling 135km from north Leeds to Starbotton in the Yorkshire Dales and back.

In truth it felt alright as well but ever since then I’ve been blocking out the fact I’ve got a Tour de France stage including three climbs to tackle this weekend.

Despite well-informed advice I’ve barely touched a bike since Monday, which I hope wont come back to haunt me, but the plan is to gorge on pasta until the big day and hope the three months of training pays off.

No matter what happens tomorrow, I’ve enjoyed getting back into cycling and I hope I can keep it up as a hobby, and at the end of the day if any of the efforts I’ve been going to in any way help the charities I’m supporting it will all be worthwhile.

There is still time to donate and give me that extra boost for the big ride before I don the Lycra once more and take on the Tour. Thankyou to all those who have donated so far and I’ll (hopefully) see you at the finish line in Harrogate.

 

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