On July 3, Martyn Jones, a 34-year-old media director from Hertfordshire, left 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 second entry:
Stage one done well in 6hrs 33 mins on Thursday. The finish is quite unusual being in the middle of nowhere and quite hilly for a first day’s stage. I passed a group of American cyclists on the stage who were either trying to give cycling a bad name or were just plain rude! I left them and later discovered that they were supposedly riding the first ten stages … only to see their support car later on driving them with their bikes atop! They looked good though!
Great hotel food again last night – must be the norm for Brittany.
Weather : unpredictable, windy, bit of rain near the start and then sun to finish the day.
Time in the saddle: 6 hours 33mins
Feel good factor: 8/10
Misc: got lost coming out of Brest and ended up doing 4 km more than I should have done by the finish. Even with sat-nav and maps the small provincial roads can be difficult to navigate – it should be a lot more straightforward by the time we reach the high mountains.
PS – picked up a few sponsor emails from my Justgiving site – thanks to all – I hope to be able to thank-you individually when I return.
Lots to do before I set off this morning – bike needed a complete clean after yesterday and re-oiling – no mechanic means I have to do these things myself on top of the day’s ride.
More showers predicted for today and it turned out to be true halfway through the stage. I was soaked through in no time, cold, grey and miserable (like England in May!). I had to put on my winter gear and see it through over the pretty steep Breton hills. Scenery like Surrey but with Welsh stone villages.
The stage finish is pretty tight – will be interesting to see what chaos ensues when the pros tackle it on Sunday.
I had a short (45 mins by car) transfer from the stage finish to a hotel in Dinan near in order to wake up near to the start tomorrow. Fantastic buffet food at the hotel – huge fill! It helps the morale a great deal when the food is good. I’m really looking forward to getting out of Brittany, heading south below the Loire to get warmer, and I’ll probably regret saying that!
208km on the menu tomorrow.
Weather: like England in (a wet) May. About 13 – 17 degrees
Time in the saddle: 5 hours 15 mins
Feel good factor: 8/10
PS – Big thanks to the boys at Richard Hale School in Hertford for their fundraising efforts to date – COME ON LADS – more to go and I know you can smash the previous year 7 fundraising total.