Chris Dowd Cycling Challenge - Progress so far
The Final Update
Day 8 Update
Day 7 Update
Day 6 Update
Day 5 Update
Day 4 Update
Day 3 Update
The third day of my 8 1/2 day circa 1150km challenge is complete, and I’m beginning to really feel like the challenge is on. After 2 days of heading west and south west, at lunch today I turned south and am finally heading in the right direction, passing cities that we all know from our autoroute trips to England, such as Alençon and LeMans. Scenery today was lovely all the way. Gently rolling countryside and never ending Oak forests. The breeze was behind me from lunch onwards too. Unlike most of France today, I saw no rain either.
Pictures today include my breakfast companion in a bar in Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe,
the house my wife and I will buy when we win Euromillions tomorrow evening,
and my end of day treat, which unfortunately is not a glass of wine as this trip is strictly tee total until I reach the Col du Tourmalet at about 14:15 next Sunday - will you be there?
This is the first time I’ve been away, solo with luggage on board, for longer than 1 night. I’m starting to learn new things about managing my effort, and especially managing my diet. For the last few km today I was feeling a bit weak, I’m not eating enough. I need to eat more, and more often, ideally high carb high protein foods, but anything will do as long as it’s not too fatty, I just need to eat eat eat. Michelle’s (my wife) flapjacks are yet again my twice daily go to miracle energy food.
Tomorrow’s forecast is 22 degrees and sunny with a tail breeze, so whatever happens I won’t be able to blame such perfect cycling conditions. Totals so far are 338km ridden, 2443m climbed, 12800 calories burned. Only 830km to go.
Day 2 Update
Day 1 Update
After so long in the planning, today the adventure finally began.
5 1/2 hours on a TGV and I was in Paris, for only the third time I’ve ever been there. Yes, one was with Michelle!
I had a fabulous lunch with the lovely Deborah and Patsy of CSF Paris, who then gave me a great send off at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Today’s 54km was always going to be slow. It’s a long time since I rode in the mayhem and dangers of a big city, and I took it carefully. I then got well and truly lost trying to navigate the now huge expanse that is La Defense. The sat nav was useless among the tall buildings, and it was alleys in all directions, with the only road through being motorway class. Eventually I escaped, and arrived on time at the overnight hotel in Epone. Tomorrow might be the toughest day other than the Tourmalet climb as it is all heading west in open countryside direct into a head wind.