We did the Première Manche - the first round - of A Travers riding across France from Dieppe to Marseille in the summer of 2009, and it was the original inspiration for this blog. The plan to put the 'band back together again' for another go in 2013 for the second installment fell on stoney ground, with life just getting in the way for too many of us, much to our disappointment. However, our enthusiasm for the bike remains undimmed, and so I'll keep posting my thoughts on the diverse and beautiful facets of the sport regardless. But there's bound to be another big 'adventure ride' coming soon - quite possibly in Italy - so potentially a name change too: Attraverso l'Italia in Bicicletta anyone?

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Yes, These People Are Athletes

Here's some of the line-up for the ride, although we're yet to all get together due to our intense training commitments and the fact we don't all live in Tunbridge Wells. This photo looks like it was taken in HM Prison Slade. From left to right:

Pete Lester, Paul Barrington-King, Mike James and Trevor Crysell.

Paul and Mike actually look like they are conjoined twins. That'll be interesting on a bike.

They say the camera adds ten pounds ... so was there a whole phalanx of paparazzi there when this snap was taken? Time to get training lads!

(Apologies, naturally, for weight jibes: I'm sure we'll all be affûtés comme des pros by July.)