Barry's Blog

Stay in touch with all things Barry related right here. From an overview of the start of training, to the latest partners, I’ll be keeping you bang up to date throughout the months leading up to the start.

Day 3 (Stage 15): Laissac-Severac l’eglise – Le Puy en Velay

A long one to finish….. The final day and a very unsociable 6.30am transfer to the start, meant we were up at 5.15am. Apparently you get used to it (sort of, in an auto-pilot kind of way) but ramming down bread and cooked meats that early isn’t pleasant. I really don’t envy the lifers who […]

Submitted: July 9, 2017, 8:12 pm

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Day 2 (Stage 14): Blagnac – Rodez

A tale of two halves! I think we were spoilt by the scenery yesterday in the Pyrenees as today was much more reserved. I’m sure it was lovely but staring down the barrel of 181km, there wasn’t much time to take in the sights. An 8am roll out from the hotel, Neil and I managed […]

Submitted: July 8, 2017, 7:10 pm

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Day 1 (Stage 13): Saint-Girons – Foix

So after a very smooth journey to France, Neil and I rolled into Peyragudes excited to get started. However, the transfer from Toulouse airport meant we had to get to the ski resort via the final climbs of Thursday’s stage, a monster 215km day. Explaining to Neil that the climb we were going up in […]

Submitted: July 7, 2017, 8:35 pm

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Auf Wiedersehen, Michael…..

And so, after what feels like 5 mins, but at the same time 10 years of training, The Tour de Force is upon us.  As I post this latest update, Michael is currently on the short flight to Dusseldorf, this year’s host city for the Grand Depart.  Dusseldorf is great place, friendly locals, thousands of […]

Submitted: June 23, 2017, 1:01 pm

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In the bulging calves, just about to burst, there’s a quest for answers, an unquenchable thirst…….

I’ve just realised it has been a month since the last update so thought I’d best do a blog.  A month is a long time in cycling terms, you can make great strides if you get the training right.  Especially at this time of year, the weather should mean you can get out on the […]

Submitted: May 30, 2017, 4:05 pm

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The Lone Wolf…..

This week the bike had to be taken in for a much needed service. Cables snapping, worn chain, worn brake pads, loose fixings. Safety first ahead of the big push towards France.  While I sit waiting for the bike shop to call, this is an ideal time to look back and reflect on the progress […]

Submitted: April 30, 2017, 8:14 am

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I can (cycle) for miles and miles and miles and miles……

We’ve now passed the halfway point in the training regime, and the first major test of the legs had been in the diary for a number of weeks – the inaugural MoD Rocker Sportive on Easter Sunday.  67 miles over the climbs in the Otterburn Ministry of Defence ranges, on roads closed off to the […]

Submitted: April 21, 2017, 3:50 pm

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Sudocrem and Negative Pints

The nights slowly get lighter, it gets a bit warmer, the motivation to get out of the house on the bike increases; in many ways, March is where it all begins in earnest.   Key achievements:   1 stone barrier reached…..but not breached. Weight loss has stalled, but fitness continues to improve. Even taking a […]

Submitted: April 13, 2017, 12:43 pm

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Black Holes and Revolutions…..

January is like a black hole, there is no light, it is dark, damp, depressing and you wonder whether you’ll ever escape it. As us tax advisers know, it’s difficult month! It’s always cold and windy, and actually quite dangerous to take the road bike out.   It’s been over a month since the last […]

Submitted: February 20, 2017, 12:23 pm

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2017 is the new 2015…..

So, after taking a year off the cycling in 2016, Michael has managed to convince me (and Neil) that doing the Tour de Force again would be a good idea.  What else am I going to do?  I can only worship at the altar of Rafa Benitez every other week, and the football season finishes […]

Submitted: January 13, 2017, 12:12 pm

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On the 24th June 2017, the Tour de Force riders will start cycling from Dusseldorf. Whether cycling two or more days, this is a heroic undertaking. It will hurt!