On Sunday the 28th of April a group of three brave cyclists set off to experience and conquer the most gruelling stage of the 2014 Tour De France Grand Depart. Two local ‘Yorkshire lads’ (and brothers Matt & Sam Cockerill) and a southerner with no cycling experience further north than Essex (me).
After Holme Moss it felt like an eternity to get to Sheffield and in reality it was only 40-50k. Soaked through and wishing for the end we arrived in Sheffield after a series of short climbs. All that was left was to conquer Jenkins Road (1 in 3 climb).
That done we had to find the station and curry! Problem was the ride had taken longer than planned – arriving just in time to get bikes on the train and a picnic feed – a rather depressing end to an epic day.
No finale photo – no time!
Thanks to all who supported, to Matt for the suggestion, to Sam & Ali for their hospitality, to Roshan for a change of clothes and for propping me up as I fell off the bike at the station. And most importantly to Libby for supporting me through these somewhat strange ‘sensible-at-the-time’ like plans.
All three stages in 3 days of course, if the pro’s can we can!
View all three stages here – http://letour.yorkshire.com/the-route
And more importantly check out the ride date here…