Le Tour Trial: Week Three

Reporter Jonathan Brown is put through fitness tests in preparation for Le Tour Trial.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Reporter Jonathan Brown is put through fitness tests in preparation for Le Tour Trial. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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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 definitely feel like I’m beginning to get into a routine with all this cycling malarkey, but it’s not getting any easier.

I’ve been putting in five to six hard hours in during indoor static bike sessions to get used to the saddle and, having sought cures for my pretty unpleasant soreness, I can’t dress indoor ‘turbo training’ up as anything other than painful, sweaty and boring.

I’ve tried to jazz it up a little by setting my room up so that I can ride while watching a film to help pass the time, but I’ve stumbled on some pretty nauseous romantic comedies this week so that’s not gone all too well.

Given the charitable aim of this challenge though, I’m persevering and aim to finally get out on to the roads next week, which I hope will be much more fun.

My trainer Tom has now also set me up a Training Peaks online diary of what I need to do each day. The daily email notifications telling me I need to ride one or two hours are already pretty painful to read.

Apparently I’m going to get hold of some pretty advanced equipment that will help me fine tune my training, and keep an eye out my heart rate during practice. Before all that though, I need to get out on the roads.

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