Tour De Radskids™ – Prelude

by fietscyclery

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.