Reflections

Firstly I am staggered by the amount of interest, support and concern my adventure has generated. My amateur usage of Social Media has helped but ‘old fashioned’ cards texts and emails have also been sent to me which provided a huge amount of encouragement – I could not let everyone down! Secondly, the event itself is incredibly well run. If …

Will You Sponsor Me?

I am very aware I have not ‘plugged’ for sponsorship but if you have enjoyed the blogs from my little adventure and also want to put some money to an excellent cause then the link is here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MikeCase I have set myself a target of raising £4000 and it looks within reach. If you have already sponsored me then thank …

Paris!!!

We had a 9am departure and I managed to be late! The Tour de Force runs like clockwork and if you are late you pretty much have to fend for yourself (within reason!). I did have the distraction of having my stitches taken out but that is not much of an excuse. The sliding iron bar gate at the entrance …

Marseille

After all the excitement and massive personal challenges of the previous few days I thought that the Marseille stage would be a bit of an anti-climax. The stage is just over 20km and frankly I just wanted to get to Paris and get it all done without any further incident. Another coach transfer in to Marseille for a start at …

Riding into a hairdryer

The final long stage started badly. Coming out of Embrun I managed to clip a concrete verge and came off (again). There were riders all round me but fortunately no one else was affected. There was great concern for me but no real harm done. My bike had a slightly bent hanger which was replaced as I happened to have …

The Alps

Two days of riding in the Alps – so exhausting that the memories of each climb, view and descent has fused into one. The weather was stunning with a crisp blue sky but with it came serious heat. I was determined to complete both days and although I finished after 9pm on both days I managed to do it – …

Back on the horse – and it’s great!

Another early start.  Tony and Fiona (The docs) were not happy with me starting from the hotel – so I started from the first feedstop about 40km into the stage. This was a blessing as it rained unexpectedly for the whole time I was on the van and the sun came out as soon I started riding (much to the …

Back riding tomorrow 

Today is a rest day in Puy en Vallee – a lovely town famous for its lentils. Any guesses as to what we had for dinner last night?  A lie in and leisurely breakfast today followed by some bike cleaning and checking. One of the excellent and very patient bike mechanics – Gideon – had my bike repaired in no …

Feeling better

Tramadol, paracetamol and ibuprofen are the order of the day now. I have also been told that I am not allowed to ride on the Tour until Tuesday – the reason being that I very clearly hit my head when I crashed and there is the possibility of concussion. I would probably not be physically able to ride much of …

Crashed but in one piece -just

Yesterday was the most challenging and fantastic days cycling I have ever had. Some very tough climbs and fast descents but the day was marred by me crashing on a downhill and ending up in hospital to be checked over and three stitches in a puncture would just above my right hip. All sounds a bit dramatic and I guess …