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Jun 5, 2011

Nearly the last Richmond training day

Myself and Dan Norwood are about 5 weeks away from setting out on our Land’s End to John O’Groats adventure. I’ve been squeezing in training wherever i can and if I’m not fit enough now I’ve left it too late. So we met up this morning to put in a few of laps of Richmond Park.

We haven’t had chance to ride together properly for a few weeks due to one thing and another. To be honest Norwood is a much better cyclist, due in no small part to more leverage in the leg region. So I was quite keen to see if any of my training had paid off and evened us up a little.

We started off fairly gingerly and built up the pace slowly. The nice thing with Richmond is that over a fairly short 7 mile circuit you cover a good variety of terrain. There are a couple of reasonable climbs where Dan always kicks my butt and good runs downhill where I can generally catch up.

The first lap went as normal with Dan having a much better run with me flagging behind. But as we clocked up the laps I got in my stride to the point that Dan tells me there was a section of the last lap where he couldn’t catch me and the normal hills didn’t slow me as much as normal.

Allin all a good day and a good sign for the real event.

Links and information

  • Just Giving charity page We have set up a page to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society, please donate if you can
  • Map of our route We initially used Google maps to plan the route, here it is in it’s entirety.
  • Mule bars for energy These yummy natural bars will be keeping us going all the way up to John O’Groats
  • Strada Wheels These guys hand built a new set of hoops for Martin to ride for the trip

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