So, just one week to go until I catch the train up to Scotland to start on my JOGLE. I must admit nerves are starting to kick in, as well as excitement and anticipation. Early forecasts are for the weather to be lenient on the first couple of days, but as we all know, that is likely to change between now and the 23rd May. I have done a trial run of packing my bag and although it is going to be a tight squeeze, it looks as though I can just about manage to get everything in with a little bit of squashed room for food each day. I might have to have my non cycling shoes wrapped in a bag and strapped to my Carradice Nelson Longflap though.
A couple of weekends ago I had the pleasure of going to the Enigma Bikes open day in Hailsham and what a thoroughly enjoyable day it was. Lots of cakes, coffee and beautiful bikes. Not only did we get to see how the bike frames were made, but I also managed to grab a ride on the new Equinox. Just need to find about £5K to spec it to how I would like….. Sean Yates was there also. For those of you that are not really into cycling, Sean is one of the greatest British riders of all time. He has won stages at some of the biggest cycle events in the World; Tour De France – to wear the Maillot Jaune, Vuelta a Espana and also Paris-Nice. Not only that, but he was part of the team last year that coached Bradley Wiggins to win the Tour De France. Not a bad Palmarès.
I have been out on a few longish rides over the last week or two, but will probably let the legs rest a little between now and next week, just a few laps of Beachy Head and other local rides. The bike has been checked over, chain oiled, gears indexed, brakes adjusted, just need the engine to be filled with food ;-)