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Le Tour Trial: Week Nine

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 the middle of 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 visit www.justgiving.com/teams/letourtrial.

WEEK NINE: A hectic six-day week at work and a birthday to celebrate have been a bit of a cocktail for disaster as far as my Tour preparations are concerned.

Other than two sharp static turbo training rides, my cycling has had to take a back seat. I have still been playing regular football and sticking it out at the gym however, so all is not lost.

Last week’s ride through the Dales has really given me a taste for the outdoors so I’ve already got a big bike ride pencilled in for Tuesday which should hopefully take me over the 40mile mark.

I’ve also been pondering whether to take up a place in either the Carter-Jonas Pedalthon on May 22 or Le Petit Depart on June 1, which both take in up to 80mile sections of the Tour de France stages. But whether I’m at all capable of the longer distance, I have no idea.

I’m planning to crank my training up and see how I get on.

I’m getting used to the saddle sore pains and feeling fitter week by week but the fear of having to call it a day midway through a big ride is pretty torturous.

I’ll do what I do best I reckon – throw my hat in the ring and think about the consequences later. What’s the worst that can happen?

 

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