Chain Reaction Cycles are pleased to be sponsoring the One Day Ahead charity ride, supporting seven riders as they follow the entire 2012 Tour de France route one day ahead of the charging peloton in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research UK and the Ben Trend Foundation.
Riding the full 3,479km route starting in Liege, Belgium, on 29th June, the Chain Reaction Cycles One Day Ahead riders will take on the mighty Alps, Pyrenees and Jura mountain ranges, pushing them harder both physically and mentally than anything they've done before.
The intrepid team is made up of Jamie and Charles Anderson, Chris Ansell, Charlie Baker, Mick Bell, Adnan Saithna and Dave Spencer. In the weeks leading up to the ride we'll be bringing you reports on the team's progress, the second of which comes from Jamie Anderson:
"Thankfully the sun has started shining a little more brightly and therefore we can discard some of the winter clothing and start thinking about getting some good tan lines for the roads of France!
Last weekend we competed in the Hampshire Hilly Hundred, which does exactly what it says on the tin. 100 miles of rolling Hampshire countryside in the company of 800 other cycling enthusiasts and thankfully in the blazing sunshine!
After the awful April weather we are all bored of being wet and cold so the Hampshire Hilly was a great way to kick start some warmth back into our cycling. Adnan, Charles and myself set off having taking a little 10 mile detour to the start (as I said to the guys it's all miles in the legs!) We arrived out of breath and a little late. However we were soon flying off down the warm country roads, shedding clothing and slower cyclists as we went aiming to claim the magical Gold Medal time of sub-5:38. We cycled really well as a trio and then when the hills gradually got a bit much for Charles (with fewer miles in his legs) as a duo.
Wearing the Chain Reaction Cycles One Day Ahead jerseys for the first time at a major event and showing to the world that the One Day Ahead boys had landed may have had something to do with our blistering initial pace and we soon had at least 10 guys hanging onto our wheels. Luckily we burned them all off with our pace and despite Adnan's constant wee wee stops we crossed the line in a Gold Medal 5:33 avg 18.7mph. Not bad for two guys and a headwind.
I know we haven't really been pushing the fundraising bit too hard yet but that is about to change! Please go to our Virgingiving site and get sponsoring us! They are great causes we are getting saddle sores for so please start donating!
Next up the Tour of Wessex! Three days of fun to be had so please come and see us if you are riding and share some High5 or Muc-Off supplies which we have been blessed with."