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by Kyle Andries

Month: April, 2014

Tour De Radskids™ – Interlude

Well then.

It’s all gone tits up I’m afraid. For me anyway!

You may have read, if you read this blog Jasmin ;), at the end of The Prelude that my Langster was stolen on 31 March. Obviously this was a massive ballache seeing as I spent my hard earned cash on getting the damn thing ready for the trip and I got to a stage where I was finally really really enjoying riding it.

I wont bother going into the details of how this was taken as most of you speak to me on a semi daily basis and prolly already know. Anyway, my replacement? It was between the Peugeot and the below…

The Pug you already know about, but the Allez.. This was lent to me by Ben Haines. Good friend whom I work with and who does a lot of cycling himself – only recently has he finished a trek to Holland, Amsterdam I think. I’ll try find a link and post it hurrr. Anyway, was a very nice gesture of him so I was set on taking it, as to be honest the Pug rode like pony. No way could I do 70+ miles a day on that thing. The Allez however is next level, level not-quite-rapha-maybe-castelli-clad roadie. Full Shimano Tiagra groupset and its quick, really quick. This and The Langster pretty much share the same frame except for the obvious extra’s such as gearing/brakes/comfort… but I digress.

Besides, I needed to be cool and do a sick skid under the Eifel Tower right? How am I gonna do that on a road bike?

Whilst I was still pondering on that, I made a trip up to London to pick up my visa. Yes, I’m foreign! Turned up at the place where my appointment was (note, not the French consulate but some third party intermediary!) and got told that they would be unable to process my application as my UK Visa and my South African Passport were two separate documents! Basically they could not accept two valid legal documents as this was not included as a single piece, my UK visa being included as its own page on my passport… … …

Couldn’t believe my luck!

That same day I also received a fine of £50 for cycling a Boris Bike on the pavement… Fuck.

It was only on that note that I decided to pull out altogether.

I was pretty gutted to be honest, however my girlfriend reassured me and said that it was probably not meant to be. She’s pretty wise that girl, although she did say things like “what if you die on the trip if you did go”, etc etc. She’s prolly right though. I mean I’m not really superstitious but there must be some underlying reason for everything throwing their toys out the pram like they have.

With this in mind, I’ve decided that as I’ve set up a Just Giving page, it would be quite rude not to do something for the money people have donated/sponsored so far. I will therefore be signing up for the Dorset 100 instead which takes place in June. Not quite 430 miles in French fields however it’ll have to do for now.

As I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, there will not be a Postlude from myself. Instead, head over to my good friend Michael “2 Pints” Davies’ blog for updates and to see how things went.

I apologise for his 5 year old grammar!

Kyle

Twat.

Tour De Radskids™ – Prelude

I mentioned this briefly in one on my posts that a few of us will be cycling to France this year…

Well that’s happening on the 19th of April.

Now I apologise for such short notice however lots going on as usual.

Myself, Loz, Mikey and Jake (confirmed) will be doing this. Oringinally there was going to be more of us however due to certain circumstances only the four of us are currently definitely (read defiantly) booked and going.

None of us have ever taken part in something like this before so it really will be tough going I reckon. We plan to average around 70/80 miles a day across 3 days consecutively. 2 days will then be spent tearing it up resting in Paris with another 3 days cycling back to Bournemouth! Now on our group rides I tend to fatigue around 30 miles out of the usual 40ish which we cover so I reckon I’m gonna be ripped a new one if I’m honest…

Initially there was going to be around 6/7 of us and the mileage thing didn’t bother me as much when a few “weaker” (haha, sorry guys) cyclists were going to be joining. Now there’s only 4 of us and it being pretty closely matched between 3 of us (Loz being king dick) I’m actually scared haha. But it’s all good though and we’re all up for a challenge and a bit of a race because we’re crazy.

On a serious note though, our route will consist of…

Route/Parcours – Bournemouth Paris Bournemouth

By Mikey Davies on Wednesday, 5 February 2014 at 21:04

Saturday 19th April – Grand Départ, Bournemouth – Portsmouth Ferry Terminal. 51.4 Miles
Sunday 20th April – Caen – Évreux. 80 Miles
Monday 21st April – Évreux – Paris Champs Élysees. 63.4 Miles
Tuesday 22nd April – DAY OFF – Paris
Wednesday 23rd April – DAY OFF – Paris
Thursday 24th April – Paris – Évreux. 63.4 Miles
Friday 25th April – Évreux – Caen. 80 Miles
Saturday 26th April – Portsmouth – Bournemouth. 51.4 Miles

Total: 390.4 Miles.
Maximum Altitude: 589ft. ”

As you can see, its pretty strong although not impossible. We’ll all probably just have to pace ourselves on the first few days and not be too silly.

One of the main issues about this trip was knowing what we need to pack and how we intended on surviving, for want of a better word, when out there. We initially thought that taking sleeping bags, tents, bbq’s etc and being one with nature was the way forward however none of our bikes are suited to that so we decided against it. We could have just bought suitable bikes and all the relevant gear however money is not something we currently have in abundance and doing things that way is too sensible surely?!

We decided then that hotels/hostels were the way forward and managed to find accommodation for cheaps and went with that. This ofcourse means we carry way less in terms of luggage apart from the essentials like clothes, spare tubes/tools etc and we can just focus mainly on the riding and actually enjoy it. (enjoy lol)

That left for us to get our bikes ready…

We’ll all be running pretty similar setups geared towards slight comfort i.e. bullhorn bars, 25/28c tyres, front brake (I even opted for two although will probably only use one), huge DIY saddle bags to store all our stuff. No panniers or racks here!! I’ve taken pictures of everyone’s bikes, excluding Lozenger (as he moved up to Leeds so he can train in the hills of Yorkshire and become the strongest cyclist in the world) but will probably not get a chance to take proper pictures of the full setups till the trip as there’s just not enough time to have a few practice runs, which we were thinking of doing initially.

My setup is slightly different though and quite meek in comparison really as The Lengster is the most road bike-esque. You can read all about it in that link because I like to spread myself out and post about my life on this internet thing.

All in all though, we’re all pretty buzzing for it. Will be such a great experience cycling through the fields of Le Francias with good friends, doing what we love. Also, if you’re so inclined, myself and Loz have set up Just Giving pages. We thought we may as well raise much needed cash (and awareness) for charities which mean alot to us. Your donations and support will be much appreciated however small.

Mind

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

https://www.justgiving.com/bournemouthtoparisfixed/

https://www.justgiving.com/bournemouthtoparisandback

Did I mention all of this will be on Fixed Gear Bikes? Ha!

I’ll write soon with an update.

Kyle

**EDIT 31 MARCH**

The Langster has been stolen… Ay, there’s a rub!

Looks like The Peugeot will need to make an appearance – it is French after all.

So sad :(. Watch this space though.

RIP.