Saturday, 3 October 2009

Go go Strudel

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Mules at play - Martin Down

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The welcoming party..

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Nick Beauch' crossed th line...

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Damo crossing the line - the sole Mule roadie..

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Graham, Rupert and Whitey waiting at the start

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Free mulebar at the finish - Bridget feeds them to riders..

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The Downton Prologue finish! Start at 1pm

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CHALLENGE with Marcel Zamora and Joe Smith

Here at the Challenge north of Barcelona with the great 4 times Nice Ironman and Embrun Man 2009. And the even greater Joe Smith!

More to come from here
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Friday, 2 October 2009

Stop Press - Stage 6 Casualty. Bit of a gash and chipped tooth.... This Mule's going to finish tomorrow... .

Well marked trails on the Trans Provence..... Pies and Thighs having a ball - last day tomorrow

Jules 'Phat Hass" start at 2000metres finish at 900 - Ace!

Bristol Harbour 10,000m race


Once a highlight of sprint regattas at the National Water Sports Centre, Holme Pierrepoint, Nottingham – the K2 10,000m provided both competitors and spectators alike with a Formula 1 race-style circuit where anything might happen! NOW THE EXCITEMENT IS BACK... IN BRISTOL HARBOUR.

Each lap of the new course is 3,000m with race positions are under constant threat at every turn, with high drama every few minutes as crews battle to survive and maintain their place on 'the wash'! Races are won or lost at these turning points, with the odd capsize likely too! – and as Bristol Harbour is a natural ampitheatre, spectators can feast on the action as the drama unfolds – that's why it's so exciting to watch!!

The race comprises laps of Bristol's exclusive 'floating' harbour, passing luxury waterfront appartments, bars and restaurants as well as historic Bristol monuments including the world's first steamship: Brunel's SS Great Britain, and The Matthew replica, John Cabot's sailing ship which discovered Newfoundland in 1497. This is a race like no other!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Mule Bar’s David slays the Cent Cols Challenge

It’s only when your body is pushed to the absolute limit of physical and mental endurance do you find out what stuff your made of. The inaugural Cent Cols Challenge, a mad-capped 10-day sportive over 2000km and with an incredible 40,000m of climbing throughout the Alps and Pyrenees, pushed my body to the brink of destruction.

The route started within the beautiful surrounds of Annency, but very quickly smallest gears were engaged as we tackled legendary Tour de France climbs such as Joux Plane, La Colombiere, Col de la Madelain, Glandon, Telegraphe and many many more. In total we would push our bodies over 106 cols – each one leaving its own imprint on our exhausted bodies.

Wending south the route picked its way through glorious landscapes, rolling roads flanked by savage mountains and rock formations, and then the glistening haze of the sea as we reached, finally, the south cost. Monaco on our left shoulder we rolled through the same roads frequented by tax-evading Formula 1 drivers, and passed through Nice for the one rest day.

A brief chance to collect our thoughts and rest tired minds and bodies. Get a much-needed massage. The brutality of riding for 8-10 hours in the saddle and an average of 200km and 4000m each day taking its toll. Bodies beginning to buckle under the immense load, minds wandering to thoughts of packing it all in, catching a flight home and making the pain end. But we battled on.

My personal highlight was ascending Mon Ventoux on stage 8. Having dusted off a hearty French breakfast of bread rolls, croissants and black coffee, the ride up the legendary climb was just perfect. A cool temperature with the sun rising on the distant horizon and a cloudless blue sky, very little wind and the knowledge that we were so close to the finish, spurred me onwards. A brief pause at Tommy Simpson’s memorial to doth my cap in honour, then back on the bike and heading for the summit.

Nothing I have ever done before has challenged me so much. A Mule Bar Refuel a day though helped ease the pain.

David Arthur

Mule David centre stage

Gerry Read drops by after his Lands End to John o Groats ride to pick up a box of Summer Pudding Mulebars - 71years and kicking like a Mule...

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Trance Provence day 3

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220 got it..

Mule Dan Sheridan gets a podium....

First race back after broken collarbone - sponsored by Tomac for 2010!

Mist over Botleys

Monday, 28 September 2009

The ol' Whyte..

Saturday night at 4am the Whyte bites the dust - I thought it might survive me, owned from new since June 2000. anyone got a frame for sale?

“Oggi Corriamo” Today We Ride

Lands End to John O’Groats

On the 25th of September this year, 9 riders will form Team Le-Jog and set off on an epic cycle trip from Lands End to John O’Groats. This would normally be tackled in 14 days but everyone in Team Le-Jog will complete the 890 miles in just 8 days, hoping to raise in excess of £20,000 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Why we’re doing it

Two main reasons; firstly, it has something to do with the mid-life nature of our ages; we’re all in the crisis zone! Secondly, as almost all of the team have been touched in some way by those effected with Diabetes, we thought raising cash for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, set up to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes, might be a good way of motivating the team to finish.

As well as supporting JDRF, one of our team members is a Type 1 diabetic who will face the additional challenge of monitoring and controlling his sugar levels throughout the ride.

The Team

Cycling - Roy Davies, Tom Davies, Sean Baber (retired with leg injury), John Bennett, Chris O’Connor, David Muir (recovered), Jimmy Adamson (injured), James Forrester-Gladwin, Nick Harrison, Anton Sulivan, Jens Gladikowski (retired with broken Elbow).

Support Driver – Andrew Bake

So far our 8 months of training has taken it's toll, we've all suffered from getting up at ungodly hours in the cold, dark, wind and the rain. six of the team have had injuries; two of which were serious broken bones during training rides, others have fallen, scrapes, and persistent swollen knees, resulting in postponement and one retirement from the ride. Other mechanical costs have been punctures galore, broken wheels and a bike frame.

We’ve had hail stone and frozen fingers in Fleetwood, to sunburn in north Cornwall. A head wind throughout one 127 mile ride has given us all a slow lingering gaze into the deepest abyss of the soul and I personally have been reduced to tears on two longer rides. Highs have been doughnuts on Brighton pier, laughs and chips in Blackpool, to cycling the rainy coastal roads of north Cornwall; and achieving a personal best of 55mph on a descent in the peak district.

Due to work and personal commitments, my weekly training has ranged from 0 miles to a one off peak at 300 miles in May. The daily average will be 111 miles, my current weekly average of 100 may not be enough, but I'm feeling ready since my 200 miles over the weekend at an average of 18mph. All this effort takes a lot of eating…

Sponsorship Links

I recall that at school we used to get sponsored £1 per mile, but I appreciate that this approach could get quite expensive ;- )

If you would like to make a donation please go to our Just Giving page –

If you want to find out more about the team and our journey visit the Team Le-Jog Website –

You can also visit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Website to find out more about the charity –

If you believe others would be interested in our challenge and may wish to sponsor us, please forward them the links.
Thank you.

Key Statistics

The recommended daily calorific intake for a male is 2500 calories.
An average 50 miles ride can burn over 3500 calories.
A single day will burn approx 7000 calories; that’s equates to 24 Mars bars, or 50 cans of Coke.
For the team to ride from Lands End to John O'Groats, will equate to consuming 1,920 ‘Mars Bars’ or 4,000 cans of Coke’ in the 8 days.

Total Distance – 890 miles
Daily Average – 111 miles
Total Ascent – 9589 meters
Highest Total ascent in
One Day – 1657 meters

Shaggy breaks the record!

News just in that Shaggy, Trek rider and Mule has just smashed the singlespeed record at the three peaks cyclocross race. He did the race in an amazing time of 3 hours and 40 minutes! That's hardcore!
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Mule kicks at Deers Leap....

Yesterday was Round 2 of the London Cyclo Cross League held at Deers Leap Pk in East Grinstead.
Having made a concerted effort to catch-up on some much needed sleep and tee-totality on the Friday and Saturday beforehand, I arrived bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Another scorcher! Under-est went on and came straight off again and if I'd had scissors Id have hacked the sleeves off my long sleeved skinsuit as well.

A bumper field meant that the queue for sign-on was so long that there was no time for a pre-race lap, let alone warm-up (not that any of us were particularly cold). Fortunately I had a good idea of the course having run races there in the past and had already sorted tyre pressures the day before.

So, having been gridded on the front row, I got a great start, maintaining 5th place up the first climb and into the all important first section of technical singletrack. I lost 5 places at the top of the next climb but this was the first lap and an hour soon becomes a very long time. Crashes, mechanicals and simply overpacing themselves allowed me to claw back those places as I settled into my own rythm.

Riding on my own for the remaining hour, I managed to stay upright, keep my equipment in check and hold onto 5th place. Some solid early season points in the bag. Coley finished somewhere down the running in his first race-effort since Sleepless in the Saddle in August.

I know I'm gonna regret saying this but bring on the mud!

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