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Le Tour Trial: Week Two

Reporter Jonathan Brown with David Stainthorpe, owner of Cyclesense in Tadcaster. Picture by Tony Johnson

Reporter Jonathan Brown with David Stainthorpe, owner of Cyclesense in Tadcaster. Picture by Tony Johnson

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 to raise money for the charities behind Wheatfields and St Gemma’s hospices in Leeds.

With the help of training-pro.co.uk coach Tom Barras and cycling firms Wheelbase and Cyclesense, 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.

I’ve got a bike! Having scoured the land, and with the countdown to my June 15 ride well underway, the friendly guys at Cyclesense, in Tadcaster, have loaned me my trusty two-wheeled steed.

I might look less than majestic on it but the Koga Kimera Tiagra bicycle I’ve been given apparently fits the bill.

After going out on a trial ride, I thankfully found out that I still have some balance but I’ve yet to figure out how to gracefully get off the thing.

On the advice of my coach, I’ve spent most of this week trying to get used to being in the saddle for a few hours.

I’ve spent about five hours on the bike hooked up to a turbo trainer, which effectively turns it into a really uncomfortable exercise bike. Apparently I’ll get used to the pain.

 

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