Two weeks to go...
Thu 23 Feb 2017
It is now two weeks to go until the big day when Jim Mackay and I set off from Central London on Thursday 9th March on the L&G MIPIM Cycle Ride, with 200 property professionals all making our way over 1000 miles, to the MIPIM Property Conference in Cannes.
We both leave London for Folkestone (80 miles on day 1) and then to Calais for our first overnight stop. The next 4 days are 6am starts with rides from 180-200 miles per day. Whilst it is only mandatory to do one third of the daily mileage on these 4 days, I suspect Jim, competitive as he is, will pressurise us to try and do the lot!
The last day (Tuesday 14th), this is a hilly 76 miles into Cannes, which all of us have to complete, arriving to a reception party at 4pm on the Croisette.
So how is it going? Well, when I signed up for this in the glowing autumn sunshine, I didn’t truly realise that to keep slightly fit, I would have to keep riding the bike throughout the cold winters and every weekend, (riding mid- week in the winter is pretty difficult). I have tried to keep off the beers and wine on Friday and Saturday nights with a view to having a clear head on the bike the following day. Obviously I have not tried hard enough, as a decent pint or bottle of red just has to be despatched! Suffice to say this training lark has not had the impact on my alcohol intake that I thought it might! The lead up to Christmas and Christmas itself was very difficult to refuse…January alcohol free January only lasted until the 5th (client drinks - couldn’t avoid), after which I thought ‘this is not going to interfere with my social life’ and I am pleased to say since then (and before) it hasn’t!
I suspect I might pay for this over the next 3 weeks…time will tell!
We will give you a further update with one week to go, as Jim and I are doing a couple of training rides with other MIPIM riders this weekend - 6.30am start?
Thank you to all those who have to date kindly supported/sponsored us and Coram on whose behalf we are raising funds, and if anyone else is able to sponsor us this would be very much appreciated.