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Missing out on Le Tour

June 6, 2014

Today’s big news is the unfortunate withdrawal of a big name from this year’s Tour de France. With it starting on British soil this news is a big shame. No, I’m not talking about Sir Brad, but Little Miss BikeVCar. We had made plans to head up to Yorkshire in a few weeks time to spectate. And she’d been putting in the mileage in preparation. Something like 20 miles in the last 4 weeks. But we’ve decided to put things in perspective and the prospect of taking an 8 month old baby out onto the Yorkshire Moors for a long day surrounded by hundreds of thousands of people just doesn’t seem like the sort of thing responsible parents would do.

Miss BikeVCar started her preparation for Le Tour in the cold months of the year

Miss BikeVCar started her preparation for Le Tour in the cold months of the year

Warm weather training

And has stayed dedicated as the temperatures increased 

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She recently managed a 10 mile ride with no complaints

Which is more than can be said for her domestique who really struggled up the last hill home

Which is more than can be said for her domestique who really struggled up the last hill home

But ultimately she just doesn't quite have the stamina to make Le Tour this year

But unfortunately she just doesn’t quite have the stamina to make Le Tour this year

It’s obviously a tough time at the moment but she mostly seems to be coping ok with the news that we won’t be making the trip up North. She’s still relatively young so should have a few more years ahead in her cycling career. And with the Tour of Britain coming to Bristol and Bath this year there’s always the possibility of catching that event instead. For now we’ll be sticking to the local roads and just enjoying the ride.

 

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  1. June 7, 2014 1:02 pm

    We started taking our kids to hockey and baseball games when they were six months old. Not exactly brilliant and we had to leave early once or twice but for the most part it was fun. Still, that’s only 20,000 and 42,000 people. 100,000+ would be pretty nuts.

    • June 9, 2014 9:09 pm

      At least with a stadium you can get away early. Halfway up a mountain with the roads all shut wouldn’t be so easy to get away.

  2. June 7, 2014 3:17 pm

    This is one of a my favorite posts yet! Tell her great job on the ten miler, maybe one of these days she will pull you up that hill as your domestique. I am guessing on that day you will cry. :-)

    • June 9, 2014 9:10 pm

      Thanks. I’m looking forward to her racing me up the hills one day!

  3. June 7, 2014 3:19 pm

    In the video, she looks like she is having fun!

  4. June 7, 2014 3:19 pm

    Reblogged this on A Promise to Dad and commented:
    How adorable is this post?! :-)

  5. June 7, 2014 8:24 pm

    Her presence at Le Tour will be sorely missed. I’ve just booked my train tickets to go up to see it on the Sunday, staying with friends who live just outside Holmfirth. I’m looking forward to it but I think I’m in denial about just how crowded it’s going to be!

    • June 9, 2014 9:12 pm

      Enjoy, it’ll be a great experience. But don’t go expecting a quiet cycle on the Yorkshire moors ;)

  6. June 9, 2014 1:39 am

    Awww, that’s pretty sweet. I’ve spent a lot of time hauling my kids around by bike. Have you seen the Anthony’s Putsch video “King of the World”? It makes me smile every time.

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