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I went on my longest training ride yesterday. From my house to Llangollen and back (via Chester). Although for the first hour or so it was raining the weather changed and it got quite warm in the afternoon. The top of the horseshoe pass was really misty and I needed lights on at midday! I Felt really good considering I’ve increased the distance and climbing and I feel I’m making good progress with only 8 weeks to go.

stats. 160km & 2,405m ascent

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Not been on a long ride for a week or two so I went for a training ride today. The original plan was to ride to Llangollen and take in the Horseshoe Pass a couple of times, unfortunately it was extremely windy and I thought it would be too dangerous to ride the pass so I changed the route and came home via Chester instead.

When you’re starting to flag there’s nothing like a good incentive to keep moving…

can I out pedal a tank?


Ride Stats – 90km and 1,700m ascent

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After so much training it was nice to get out on a social ride so on Saturday I went to Llandegla with the CCM riders.  When I woke up I was feeling a bit knackered so it was my intention just to do the Blue route but as the ride went on I felt really good and ended up doing the Red.  Despite riding a fully rigid single speed bike I managed a good pace which pleased me because I put it down to all the training.  Some good post-ride banter and food made for an excellent day.

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Managed to get 2 training rides in this week, the first one riding with Nige from the Wirral to Llandegla. The second was a hill training ride today; Llandegla to Llangollen and back with 2 ascents of the Horseshoe Pass.  As training intensifies I’ll look at joining both rides into one.

Ride stats – 82km & 741m ascent and 46km & 1,309m ascent

top of the pass

good hill climbing practice

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We’re pleased to announce that energy drinks company Science in Sport (SiS) are the latest company to sponsor us.  Whilst Cycle Surgery has kindly offered to support us on the day all the extensive training is spread over a 5 month period.  Dave at SiS has very kindly offered us a rather nice discount on any products from their web site for a period of up to 6 months to help us on training sessions and rides !

Many thanks Dave and everyone at SiS

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a nut free house

Things have settled down at home now and we’re starting to adapt to our enforced lifestyle change. We’ve gone through all the cupboards and got rid of anything that had traces of nuts (the kitchen was almost empty!). We were amazed to find out everything from Wispa bars to Chocolate Muffins contained nuts or traces of them!

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Our new logo !

Si (Emma’s brother) has worked really hard on the logo and we think it’s great but we’re biased, why not email us and let us know what you think of it.

we think this will look great on our t-shirts.

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ride re-brand

Emma has taken to her role like a duck to water, she has come up with a really great name for the ride… “Cycling 2 Change lives” and her brother who is a graphic designer has come up with a snazzy logo as well. We’re hoping that these will help us with our corporate enquiries and also they’ll look great on any potential promotional items such as t-shirts and balloons.  As soon as the logo is finalised I’ll post it up.

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You can now contact us direct! We’ve got an email address so you can contact us to pass on any messages of support or to arrange a donation… go on send us an email, you know you want to!


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Cross training

I’m doing quite a lot of swimming now as it’ll be really good for me.  Usual routine is ride to the gym, a 1km swim followed by a ride home.  I’ve found that the riding is an excellent warm up and recovery as I’m not getting any effects such as stiffness or aches & pains.

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