Martyn Jones’ Tour de France: Part 1

Preparing for the off in Brest

Martyn Jones prepares in Brest

On July 3, Martyn Jones, a 34-year-old media director from Hertfordshire, will leave the starting line of this year’s Tour de France with the aim of completing every stage of the Grande Boucle – 48 hrs ahead of the race itself. 


Here’s his first entry:

And so, nearly at the start line as I write this morning. Long couple of days getting down to Brest via Portsmouth – Roscof on the ferry. Underestimated the effects on a trained body! I’m travelling like bad wine off the bike!

Brest isn’t quite the romantic Tour de France stage start you might imagine. In fact it’s rather ugly and has a traffic/road planning system that makes Milton Keynes seem simple. Still, I went out for a quick spin yesterday just to loosen up and noticed the pro team buses and publicity vehicles arriving for this evening’s presentation in the centre of Brest – about 100m from where we are about to leave!

Weather clear and breezy this morning after raining heavily last night and still feels changeable so we’ll see.

Too much anticipation on my part left me with a total 1hr 45 mins sleep last night – I just couldn’t rest the brain. Perhaps I can get away with that today but can’t afford to have too many nights like that. A decent hotel breakfast this morning at 6.45am starting a pattern of what will need to be very consistent eating and drinking along the route – nothing out of the ordinary – ate croissants, yoghurt, ham, boiled eggs and cereal washed down with fruit juice and black coffee. I leave the table well fed but not bloated. Within an hour of riding I will begin eating again starting with some mulebars as well as ever present carbohydrate drink (some 750ml or more per hour).

I’m keen get out of Brest now and leave the start behind – as soon as I cross the local ‘old’ bridge I’m into the BRETON countryside and can get into a rhythm and begin heading South…


Also see: Martyn’s timeshift Tour de France