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Lent – what are you going to give up?

Lent runs from Wednesday 1 March to Saturday 15 April this year (2017).   By observing Lent, Christians are remembering the sacrifice of Jesus, who withdrew into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days before his crucifixion.  Traditionally, people have given up certain luxuries as a form of penance.

So for me, I’m going to give up the luxury of sleeping in until at least 6.30am each morning and set my alarm for 5.00am instead (in effect, I am giving up 90 minutes of warm bed action).

Giving up some sleep for Lent

Added to that, I am going to drag my sorry butt out of the front door and ride up the local hill, all before I normally surface.  Hopefully, I will see some nice pre-dawn scenes and even some sunrises as we progress towards spring in the northern hemisphere.

Finally, I’m going to be doing all this early morning riding on my Brompton Bicycle – a bike that is one of my favourites and enjoys a mad challenge.

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I think that I have found my challenge for 2015……

How exciting, I think I have found my physical challenge for 2015.  It is to do with Mont Ventoux, the “Giant of Provence” which tops out at 1912m and is  a legend in Tour de France history.

Well, I am going to ride it for the first time next month on the way to my summer holidays in Spain.  Then in 2015, I am going to go and become a graduate of the of the Club des Cingles du Mont Ventoux by completing a Bicinglettes degree.  This is an exclusive club, and to date, only 11 British riders have completed it.  Worldwide, this number only swells to 89.

And here is why…….  To become a Bicinglettes degree holder you have to ride up and down all three main roads to the summit, not once but twice.  So six ascents and descents in total, within a day.  This is a 272km day with a 8886m difference in altitude (higher than Everest).  I am going to have to do a lot of studying (training) to get the degree I want, but I know that with plenty of hard work, and a bit of luck, I can do it.

Mt Ventoux