With 2 months to go I now need to up my training by cycling lots more miles per week to ready me for my charity cycle ride-London to Paris for Sue Ryder. Please donate here www.justgiving.com/phil-chappell
Last Tuesday I did a circular route from Henley out to Pinkneys Green, Maidenhead and back again to Henley. An evening ride of around 20 miles.
Last Friday afternoon I cycled from Henley to Wallingford and then back to Henley via Goring. A ride of around 30 miles in lovely weather. I will now try and step up my miles each week with a longish ride on Friday's or Sunday. I would like to get in one ride of over 70 miles at some point as the longest rides on the way to PAris are around 90 miles.
Just heard this week of Sir Steve Redgrave and his crew and their cycle across America. Joined by a team of former rowers & friends, the crew of 8 will ride across 14 States, climb 100,000ft and encounter every extreme of weather. His latest challenge is regarded as the toughest endurance race in the world. Race Across America is a 3,000 mile cycle race crossing from Oceanside, California to Annapolis, Maryland.
Good luck to Sir Steve and his team! My adventure seems small in comparison to what these guys will achieve.
Also I would like to ask for tips about avoiding a bad back when cycling fixed in to your pedals on a road bike. I found my back aching badly after my first ride on Friday. Anybody got any tips?
Happy Cycling, Phil
Member since: 9th July 2012
Hi, We are Phil and Gill Chappell. We own the Best of Henley-on-Thames. We live in Henley so would love to hear your views and opinions about all things Henley.