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 TEN: I feel back on track after a week of birthday excess.
I’ve spent several hours doing high intensity static bike turbo training and managed to take a day off on Thursday, which I dedicated to my longest ride yet.
I managed 50miles from my flat in north Leeds to beyond Bolton Abbey, in North Yorkshire, and back. Exhausting and exhilarating in equal measures, the ride taught me one big lesson – buy some cycling sunglasses.
Riding at a humid 17C, I quickly rifled through a litre of cordial and in need of a refill was speeding along some rural roads when a massive fly nose-dived into my left eye.
Thankfully I was clear of traffic and, after voicing my frustration a little too loudly for some passing motorists, I stopped to clean up.
Next time I think I’ll invest in some specs because I don’t want to have an accident, and I don’t think arriving home with fly carcasses for eyebrows is a good look.
I’m aiming to match Thursday’s distance with another trip out to the sticks today – hopefully the insects will see me coming this time.