Le Tour Trial: Week Seven

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.

WEEK SEVEN: Lesson one of outdoor cycling – no matter how sunny it is, always wear something waterproof.

This week, feeling pretty good about myself, I embarked on a solo bank holiday ride from north Leeds to Ilkley. The sun was shining, it was 16C and the weather forecast was clear. Conditions were perfect, in fact I wore the bare Lycra basics of a top and shorts and even put sun cream on just in case. You can never be too careful.

The ride went well and I arrived in Ilkley feeling like I had plenty left in the tank but some suspicious clouds were forming. My first reaction was to refuel and ride back, and, low and behold, the heavens opened on my return leg. I managed a total of 36miles, burned around 2,000 calories and arrived home feeling utterly exhausted, freezing cold and absolutely drenched.

The training is going well, but my lack of common sense is an obvious draw back.

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