Wednesday 5 August 2015

Well, the back office stuff is nearly finished. I'll have to resist the temptation to try and continually 'tweak and improve' this blog site - it's quite addictive. My Just Giving page (see link below) is also set up.

But more importantly I have been getting the miles in on my bike in the recent dry weather. So far this year I've ridden close to 10,000 miles (recorded on Strava) plus an additional 3,500 miles that are either not on Strava or were ridden on my turbo trainer.

The bike I was intending to use for the ride was a Bianchi Via Nirone. A couple of weeks ago I put it in to my local bike shop (Madgetts of Diss) for a complete strip down, service and rebuild. Unfortunately (or fortunately as it turned out) they spotted that the frame had a crack. The 5-year warranty still had a couple of weeks to run so I was able to get a brand new frame (an Impulso as the Nirone is no longer produced by Bianchi). The new frame was built up with the old groupset and I took it out yesterday and again this morning for a first ride. Initial impressions are good - the frame feels slightly different (a bit stiffer) and I need to make some minor adjustments to my saddle height which is a few millimeters out. I was sad to see the old Nirone go as we've shared some fantastic rides covering around 30,000 miles.

Also I'm really pleased the fundraising for Prostate Cancer UK has kicked off with the first two donations amounting to £70. I'll be writing a bit about the charity and why I support it in a future blog.

So the main priority now is to keep my mileage up before getting ready for Le Grand Depart.

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