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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The day before departure

I am about to embark on the next cycling adventure. It is more than a cycle tour this time although there is a fair bit of that. On August 20, I depart Paris to ride the furthest I have ever ridden in one go. I will have 90 hours to complete 1200 kilometres of Paris Brest Paris (PBP). Now I have ridden that far before in 5 days but never in 3 days - in fact have done that more than once. Preparation for this has not been ideal. I spent 3 weeks in June in the USA supporting Team Velokraft in the Race Across America. I did manage to get some riding done on the East Coast. I have spent most of the month of July with a bad cold/flu which has kept me from riding. I had planned a 1,600 km month and have managed only 400 kms.

I have 2 weeks of touring lined up in France before PBP - I am hoping that this will round out the work I have done and I am pleased to see my cold has now cleared away. This tour is for an Australian contingent of PBP riders and takes in a day of Semaine Federale; Lourdes and a few rides in the Pyrenees; Annecy and a few rides in the French Alps - also lots of good French food and wine. It will be good to get back to France again - I worked there a lot in the 1990's. After PBP I will cyclo camp (as the French call it) my way along the Mosel and Rhine Rivers on my way to Zurich.

If only my passport would arrive - not sure how I am going to get my return visa into it before departing for the airport for an early afternoon departure.

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