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I can't believe how quickly time is going by - it's now just a couple of months until the Grand Depart from the three cities! 

 

13,000 cyclists pedaling through the Welsh countryside. 

I can't believe how quickly time is going by - it's now just a couple of months until the Grand Depart from the three cities! I'm looking forward to the team training weekend in the Peak District as it will give me a good indication as to how my training plan has been (as well as a great opportunity to catchup with the other team members).

Over the last couple of months I have been following a Garmin inspired plan, designed to get me up to a 100 mile ride. It definitely worked, as I completed the Velothon Wales recently in 5:23 which I'm delighted about considering I've not done much road cycling previously.

Velothon Wales is a fantastic closed road cycling event that attracts some 13,000 riders. The 90 mile route started in Cardiff before heading through some fabulous Welsh countryside up to Abergavenny. From here it was up and over The Tumble, an iconic 6 km climb with stunning views at the top, a relieving coast down the other side, on to Caerphilly where, just 10 miles from the finish line you hit the second notorious climb over ‘Caerphilly Mountain’ and finish with a relatively easy route back into Cardiff.

This has given me a lot of confidence now, that if I keep training, the 300 mile route will be within my capabilities, I just need to get to the next stage of completing 100 mile rides 3 days in a row!

The crowds that lined the streets in the villages and towns along the way were a huge motivator and I can't wait to see some of our fantastic colleagues supporting us along the Tour de Pudsey route. 

I’m really enjoying this experience, next job is to think about my next fundraiser to get me further towards my sponsorship goal . . .</p>

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