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A Year in the Saddle - Kajsa Tylen's 2016 Cycling WR Attempt

On January 1st Nottingham based Super-cyclist, Kajsa Tylen, will start on a year long journey to cycle the furthest distance covered on a bike during 12 months. She is calling her epic journey ‘A year in the saddle.’ Back in 1938, a British lady called Billie Fleming set out to ride as far as she could in a year. Everyday she rode her 3-speed bike, and ended up achieving an outstanding 29,603 miles during the year. This record still holds 80 years on. At the end of her rides each day she frequently gave talks to local people inspiring them and educating them about the benefits of exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle. Kajsa hopes to promote Billie’s legacy during...

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WIN A CYCLING HOLIDAY IN THE FRENCH PYRENEES FOR 4

Bon Courage and Allons-Y-Pyrenees have teamed up to offer you a fantastic holiday for 4 at the Allons Y Pyrenees cycling holiday centre. Allons Y is perfectly situated in the foothills of the midi Pyrenees, and provides the perfect base to explore the famous Cols of the surrounding mountains. The Col du'Tourmalet can be seen from the bedroom windows just tempting you to tackle the climb! The holiday is self-catered for up to 7 nights, staying in the Aspin house. Extras such as catering, guided tours and bike hire can be added to the holiday at the winner’s own cost. See their website for full details of whats available www.allons-y-pyrenees.com The Winner will also received 2 x Bon Courage Tshirts of...

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The Tour of Britain on our doorsteps!

While a lot of the big players in road cycling are reaching the business end of the Vuelta a Espana, some of the other top riders in the world are currently in the UK competing in this year’s Tour of Britain, which started yesterday. Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins are both racing, Wiggins is spearheading his newly formed ‘Team Wiggins’ which will no doubt please the crowds on the stages that take in some of the great sites of Britain this week. Mark Cavendish (winner of 10 stages in the Tour of Britain already) is also competing and hoping to take the race by storm. However just to spice things up Andre Greipel, who was Mark’s nemesis on the Tour...

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DAY 21 - The final stage! At last the riders make it to Paris

Today the Tour de France 2015 comes to its final stage. For the majority of the peleton today is largely a ceremonial stage, cruising the 109km into Paris for the final celebrations. There is a gentleman’s understanding that the rider in the yellow jersey after yesterday’s stage is the winner, and no-one will challenge this. But for the sprinters in the teams, winning on this final stage on the Champs-Élysées is the highlight of their tour. Since 1975 the race has finished on the Champs-Elysées, before that it spent seven years at the ‘Cipale’ velodrome in the South East of Paris. Prior to that from 1903 until 1967, it finished at the Parc des Princes velodrome, home now to Paris...

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DAY 20 - The penultimate stage on Alpe d'Huez

What a great stage today was, it was nail biting watching to see whether or not Chris Froome could keep hold of the yellow jersey. It all came down to the last climb of the stage, and it seems fitting that the final places of the GC this year should be decided on the Aple d’Huez. Alpe d’Huez probably isn’t the most difficult or picturesque climb in the tour but the battles that have taken place on this mountain are what make it stand out from the rest. In 1997 Marco Pantani attacked three times and only Ullrich could match him until he cracked and Pantani soloed to win in record time up the Alpe. In 2001 Lance Armstrong faked...

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