Team Cycling Plus's Karen conquers the Giant of Provence

Last year Karen Popplewell discovered a heart problem that prevented her from riding the Etape du Tour. This year she's beaten both the dodgy ticker and the big ride!

I had been a little concerned that the feeling of surreality, that I had been experiencing for the previous few days, would continue with me into the ride itself. I wondered if I would be able to concentrate on the task at hand or would be constantly in disbelief that I was actually doing it. I didn't need to worry - as soon as the alarms (3 of them) went off, I immediately sprang up out of bed, completely focused on getting ready and getting on the road. This was the moment I'd been waiting for and I was so glad that it and finally arrived. Not particularly nervous; I couldn't wait to get started....

To read the rest of Karen's account, and see her in action, click on over to her very own blog!

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This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine – the manual for the modern road cyclist. Try your first five issues for £5 when you subscribe today.
  • Discipline: Road
  • Location: Bristol, UK
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