Category: JOGLAND 2016

Day 8 – funny how you sleep better with the wife than in a room full of lads! At morning briefing my other room mates shared the joys of the room at the pub with the signage lighting outside the bedroom window finally switching off at 1am. Morning routine is now pretty much like auto-pilot, up, roll/stretch, shower, dress, re-pack and gather bike accessories. Re-united with my bike that slept at the pub I took the opportunity to give chain…

Day 7 followed a much better ‘night before’ with a fab meal out with Nikki and Sharon and a great night’s sleep in a Premier Inn. Nikki dropped me back to the tour hotel and I joined the guys for standard breakfast routine, cereal, yogurt, toast and eggs… Packed & ready to rumble we had a team briefing & were off. Today’s briefing notes warn of a tricky day of navigation and for the most part passing through built areas…

Day 6 – last night Captain Caveman entered the LEJOG dormitory at the YHA and the 5 of us who have become quite comfortable with each other where hit with this monster who crashed & banged his way through the bathroom, and then snored and snorted all night, his alarm went off at 6:45, he climbed down off his bunk dressed, left and the rest of us caught 15 minutes sleep. With the frustration of the night before I blasted…

Day 5 is described as the easiest day of the tour, at 58 miles (90kms) and 1000m of elevation that’s a pretty good, long training ride in Sussex!! The day started as most seem to with a big opening hill to test or wake the legs. Once started I decided that today would be a good day at my own pace, and not holding on with the lead group, and also with some town & navigation to negotiate south of…

The morning started by contacting Nikki and wishing her Happy 20th Wedding Anniversary! Then straight on the roller to massage tired legs, shower, dressed and down to breakfast for cereal, juice and Poached Eggs on Brown! Routine really helps when there is so much to remember, and you get tired, lots of kit to sort and to be honest not that much time! I brought a book – what was I thinking!! So I am starting to follow an evening…

Today started with some good slopes, like yesterday literally straight into a climb without warm up! It was long, but the gradient steady and manageable. Of course what goes up – leads to some awesome descents. This run from Morehampstead to Exeter is actually part of Friday’s Tour of Britain road race. After a great run of three climbs, one pushing 16% was a tester, we reached Exeter…thankfully I am using a Garmin for navigation with all the routes pre-loaded…

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