I had a good session around the Cotswolds yesterday, completed 50 miles in 3 hours and felt pretty good both during and afterwards. I am now trying out my 5th saddle, and this one could be it! Blake from the Cycle Studio has kindly lent me his Fizik Antares to try out and its pretty good. Also the boys in the workshop have tuned the gears up nicely and now the only problem with the bike is its rider!!
After I had spent a week away down in Kent, mixing training with building work, Ruth was taking the bikes back home to Warwickshire when she was hit from behind by what was clearly a driver the “worse for wear”, whilst stationary at the BP Ringlestone Petrol Station! Thank-fully there was no damage to bike or car (note the order)! The miscreant driver did however have a few pieces of advice given to him, I understand via some form of Anglo-Saxon !!!
Felix and Bridget, have just returned from a training camp in Eastern France and the Swiss Jura. They never do things by halves and so the chosen beast of burden was his brother Thomas’ tandem! Covering nearly 400km and a great deal of climbing both are feeling a lot fitter. Actually it was a typical holiday for the pair!
I now understand why Russ, the owner of Stratford Cycle Studio told me at the bike fit that I would never want to back to a steel or alloy frame again. Wow what a difference. Aside from the fact that it’s almost indecently light, 6 pounds lighter than my previous road bike, it handles so well. For the technically minded it is a Trek Project One Madone, SRAM Force group-set and Mavic wheel-set.
I reckon that my average speed is already up by 2-3mph which is great; to put that in a crude perspective, in theory that actually trims nearly a day off LEJOG!
We are going to collect my new bike this afternoon from The Cycle Studio, Stratford upon Avon www.thecyclestudio.co.uk where Russ and his team are going to ‘bike fit’ me to my new Trek Madone. I feel like a little boy waiting for Christmas! This is my LEJOG bike.
I am speaking to Tom O Connor from the Rail Media Group www.rail-media.com later today regarding their generous sponsorship and PR support.
Aching Limbs all round! As part of my preparation Ruth decided that we should enter the Shakespeare Hospice 100k Ride on Sunday. The ride was around the not so very flat Cotswolds. Thanks to a variety of WI’s along the way and their ability in the cake making department we finished the course in good order.
I had a really useful and informative meeting with Dave Ellis today and on the basis of this conversation I have changed the scope a little. Corporate Social Responsibility is one of those phrases that hides a simple truth behind fancy words. As businesses we are an essential part of society, integral to its wellbeing and ability to thrive.
I want to see if through the Rail Alliance business network we can channel our collective capability to raise the funding that the Railway Children needs to sustain itself as a business. As we are the largest Business to Business (B2B) networking organisation in the railway sector I would like to see our membership and other like minded individuals, companies and organisations as the driving force behind the team at the Railway Children.
Over the next 3 years I am going to see if it is possible to raise the money needed to sustain the business, year on year.