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Tour de France, Paris - 2003

 . . . well, Le Randonnee du Centennaire

To celebrate 100 years of the Tour de France, the organisers staged a ride for amateurs on the morning of the last stage of the 2003 Tour.  10,000 riders, all wearing identical cycling jerseys rode a 32km course, on closed roads, around the centre of Paris.  The route took in the circuit the professionals were to ride later in the day, including riding up and down the Champs Elysee.

Probably one of my greatest cycling memories.

Picture : With Steve (in the boater) at the finish, just behind the Eiffel Tower

The Stroke Association London Bridges Ride - May 2003

A 37 mile charity ride in London.  Starting at Tower Bridge, crossing many of the Thames bridges and then via Richmond Park to Kingston and the finish at Hampton Court.

Picture : The team (l-r)  Tom, Tam and Zoe (Rob’s daughters) and Rob at the start

Trans-Pennine Trail - May 2003

Approx 213 miles, the TPT links the North and Irish seas. Part of the National Cycle Network, it passes through the hills of the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals, and through some of the best towns and cities in the North of England.

With Steve and John - this was the first “Boys’ Outing” and has led to the Pennine Cycle Way ride in 2004, the End-to-End in 2005, the Side-to-Side (St David’s, Pembrokeshire to Lowestoft in Suffolk) in 2006, Cream Tea to Oysters in 2007 [Update - plans well advanced for 2008]

Picture : The rather strange start marker on the beach at Southport

Coast-to-Coast - August 2002

The Sustrans route from Whitehaven to Sunderland - 140 miles - starting in the former coal mining and industrial lands of West Cumbria, travelling through the stunning scenery of the northern Lake District into Keswick before passing through Penrith and the Eden Valley. It then starts the climb up to Hartside and onto the unspoilt Northern Pennines - the roof of England. Then an undulating ride as the C2C meanders through old lead mining villages, and down into the Durham Dales before entering the old steel town of Consett and to the North Sea and Sunderland.

This was my first “adventure ride” and was part of an organised trip - riding companions were Anton & Mark, both rather younger and fitter than me.

CLICK HERE for a journal (pdf, opens in a new window)

Picture : The start at Whitehaven - dipping the rear wheel into the Irish Sea

Loire Valley - July 2002

Family cycling holiday with Mrs Rob, Mrs Rob’s brother, his wife and their daughter.

A week-long cycling tour around the chateau country with great scenery, excellent food and drink.

Picture : Chambord - probably the grandest of the Loire Chateaux


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