What Have I Done?

What Have I Done?
The Great Tour
What have I done?

I said on the home page that I can be impulsive.

I had a call from an old golfing buddy on May 2nd.  He asked me if I wanted to ride 6,700km around the entire coastline of England, Scotland and Wales.  The ride would leave on July 4th and arrive back at the start on September 5th.

I discussed it with the girls.  They said, “you’re out of shape – you need more exercise, say yes”.  So I did.

Then I did some maths

6,700 km in 64 days is about 105 km / day.

It’s also twice as long as the Tour de France.

Given the speed I’ll be riding – slow – it will also be more than four times as much chamois time as a TdF rider would have.  Plus:  they have two rest days in three weeks.  I’ll have none in over nine weeks

The amount of climbing is equivalent to 8.5 Everests. Call it an Everest a week.

And I’ve worked out that it’s going to be about 1.5 million pedal strokes. 

I say again – what have I done?


Week  1.  Ryde to Clacton

Answer:  committed to a once-in-a-lifetime chance to do something extraordinary.

This is the start of what we will turn into the charity heart of Britain’s cycling year.


I’ve already lost 9kg of flab.

My resting heart rate is 25% lower.

My diabetes (Type 1) is better controlled than it has ever been.

I’ve been out riding in some startlingly beautiful places on some gorgeous mornings.

I can get into my slim fit wardrobe again.

And Jane says she really fancies me again.

Maybe this could be good?

Great Tour 2015.  I did 8 legs – Poole to Padstow.  And I wore orange