Tour de France reporter Jonathan Brown is to ride the 190km stage one route from Leeds to Harrogate in a single day in June to raise money for the charities behind Wheatfields and St Gemma’s hospices in Leeds.
The 24-year-old has agreed to an eight hour weekly training plan and is writing a weekly training column. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/teams/letourtrial.
WEEK EIGHT: My first two-wheeled foray into the rolling hills of the Dales this week was probably my biggest test to date.
Having only really ridden around the Wharfe Valley and north Leeds so far, I wasn’t too sure how I would cope on a 30mile ride from the Devonshire Fell hotel, in picturesque Burnsall, on Tuesday.
The sun was beaming and the surroundings were stunning. I had joined a group of around eight cycling journalists and local enthusiasts for a guided bike tour around some of the roads to feature on the stage one Grand Depart route that I’m taking on in June.
The conditions were perfect but our relentless ascent up Brootes Lane was as hard of a climb as I’ve faced so far, it was exhausting but I made it.
We eventually rolled back via the beautiful Malham Cove. My training is going well, I felt good on the ride but the main thing I took from this week was just how amazing the Yorkshire countryside is.