I know you'll all be very pleased to hear that EG special correspondent Lil Houghton has not torn her Achilles, but does have a nasty build up of liquid on the tendon. And after a week or so should be back on her bike. Fancy another trip down to Cannes anyone? I'm in if anyone else is...
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So today was a toughy. Lots of big hills - including a 400m climb. Hard work, but we all made it to the top, pretty much in one piece. And although the climbs were hard, the views from the top were amazing. Just a shame there is no time to stop en route and enjoy a cold beer in the glorious sunshine that appeared today.
And that arrival of sunshine meant that some of the boys got their legs out, which in some cases was a very welcome distraction for us girls!
Tomorrow is the final push into Cannes and although we are all a bit battered - including EG special correspondent Lil Houghton who has made a mess of her Achillies tendon by cycling so well and hard - it looks like we are going to make it to the finish line.
And this year more than a dozen riders will have done the full 1,500km. Phenomenal.
See you at the finish line.
So I had told myself that I was going to take it easy today what with it being a Sunday and all. Was planning to do one on, on off - just three out of the five stages. But that didn't last long, once the sun came out I thought to myself, ah I might as well stay on now. So I ended up cycling 50km, having a rest and then cycling 160km. Most of it was quite fun. Until the final 60km, which included four very long, very steep and (for me at least) very slow and painful hills. But we made it. And after a hot shower and a liberal application of some Deep Heat all is well.
Highlights of today included the sun coming out, the non-guilt choffing of two packets of crisps and about 15 chocolate bars - including the best biscuit Boost ever (thanks Lil!). And although I didn't really enjoy the hills, making it to the top of all four was pretty spectacular. As were the views.
Lowlights of the day included being at the bottom of the hills looking up and wishing for a better bike (sorry bike, I do love you really but you pale in comparison to pretty much every other bike out here) and discovering a very French toilet at the lunch break...I hope I need not explain!
So two more days to go and, for me, 300km to fit in to reach my 1,000km target. Unfortunately it now starts to get very, very hilly as we cross the mountains before we are able to make our descent into Cannes - where it has now been confirmed that Boris will greet us when we arrive.
Another day, another 190km in the saddle for me. And lots of hills today. But we made it. Another 4am wake up call and this time, Invest in Nottingham were on the first leg of the day. So after a quick breakfast we donned our Day-Glo jackets, switched on our lights and at 6am set out into the dark and cold French countryside. But it was worth it once the sun came up. We whizzed through beautiful French villages and towns, including Champagne. No stopping for bubbles unfortunately, but hopefully there will be plenty of those once we reach Cannes - hint hint. Although beautiful, the French villages we pass through are distinctly empty. Although today we did find one coffee shop open and in at one of our change overs were greeted by the former mayoress and fed hot drinks and cakes. Perfect.
Highlights of the day again included the motorcyclist escorts' taste in music. A bit of Cotton Eyed Joe today....
Lowlights, one of the motorcyclists hitting a fox, cutting off its tail and tying it to his bike. Gross...
Might take it a little easier tomorrow as struggled up some of the hills today. Legs could turn, but not quite as fast as everyone else's! 500km in the bag though. Half way to my target.
6,000 calories burned for me today. Bring on dinner.
This is going to be short and not very sweet as it's late - we only got to the hotel at 8ish and I am typing this as we eat dinner.
Anyway, the day started very, very early. A 4.45am wake up call - that's 3.45 UK time, otherwise known as the middle of the night. After pulling the Lycra back on and wolfing down a quick breakfast (making sure to snaffle a few croissants for later in the day) it was time for Team Modular Lighting to set off. They took off at 6am, dressed in high vis jackets with their lights blazing. The team was joined by a handful of other hardy cyclists that plan on riding the whole distance - I wasn't one of them!
But at 8 o'clock I jumped on the bike and put in 4 hours and close to 100k. After a lunch that comprised a good French cheese sandwich for me and tuna baguettes for the meat eaters and some amazing giant profiterole type things filled with custard and a stint on the bus it was time to jump back on the bike to put in a final four hours on the bike.
220k later and 8,000 calories burned we reached the hotel. And not a moment too soon.
Highlights of the day. Beautiful French countryside, Abba and It's a Kind of Magic being played by our motorcycle escorts (in French) and the application of deep heat after a very hot shower.
Low lights - the way most of us looked when we finished the day.
So day one's ride is over. A relatively easy 97km from Greenwich Park to Folkestone. Pretty much the entire team (85 riders) took park in the entire ride up, over, down and through the Kent countryside. And the sun even poked its head around the clouds a couple of times.
The organisation by Aedas Cycle to Cannes is brilliant. Having the motorcycle escort and not having to stop at traffic lights makes everything a little bit more enjoyable - no stopping and starting.
Average speed on today's ride - which took about four hours - was about 24kph, which for little old me meant 3,000 calories burned. Bring on the food!
Check back tomorrow for video highlights from day one.
So the first 100km of the 1,500km ride down to Cannes kicks off in just a couple of hours. Everything is packed (hopefully), the legs are fully loaded (hopefully) and the mind is ready for what is set to be a challenging but hugely enjoyable (definitely) cycle all the way from Greenwich to the South of France.
The first in a series of video diaries from the six days of riding will be posted here today so keep checking back for updates on how the team of 85 property professionals (and me!) are getting on.
Send us a comment if you want to wish us well!
So the weather forecast is in and according to Invest in Nottingham team leader John Nordon, we can expect tail winds the whole way down to Cannes, a bit of sunshine and temperatures of between 6 and 12 degrees.
I'm sure I heard the words snow and France on the news this morning though...
Bags are starting to get packed, mountains of pasta are being eaten (by me at least) and bikes are being prepped as in just three days some 85 property professionals will be donning rather fetching jerseys and starting the first leg of the Aedas Cycle 2 Cannes.
EGTV went to talk to C2C's Nick Hamner and Aedas' John Nordon (also leader of team Invest in Nottingham) to get the final lowdown on what the riders can expect.
Just heard that the wake-up call on the C2C ride is 4.30am - yes that's half past four o'clock IN THE MORNING. Surely this cannot be true. That's the middle of the night...
Hopefully, our fears will be laid to rest at the briefing tonight.
See you at 6.30pm at Aedas's offices at 5-8 Hardwick Street, EC1R 4RG.