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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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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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DAY 10 - Cycling terms and catchphrases

Have you ever listened to some cyclists talking about their club run or ride, and not understood half of the words they are using?!!  Even in the current Tour de France there are terms branded about that seem completely alien to the un-trained ear As our name Bon Courage comes from one of these cycling phrases, we thought it would be good to delve deeper into what some of words that you hear thrown into conversations mean. 'Bon Courage' Good Luck, don’t give up, keep on going, have heart and courage. 'The Autobus' During mountain stages riders with poor climbing skills often group together hoping to finish in time to beat the time limit cutoff. By staying together in a group they...

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21 days of the Tour

  We've decided to celebrate the Tour de France by doing a 21 day blog! Each day Bon Courage will write a relevant post related to the Tour, hopefully giving you some insight into the riders, the background of the race, the beautiful country of France and some more details about the area of the Pyrenees we come from. Its going to be an exciting 3 weeks, and we can't wait to share some our thoughts and insights with you.  

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