Victory for Froome and Day 3 of the trip!

Well here is another wheely good welcome to you all from Paul Ashman Cycling live from Paris. Today was all about the final stage of the Tour and seeing Froomey take the title. 4th in 5 years for him and a 5th in 6 years for Team Sky. Marvellous I say and totally deserved again as it showed he was the strongest consistent rider over the 21 stages. 

Me and Neil had a fab day on the streets of Paris and were able to watch the race do the 8 final laps of the Champs Ellyssee before the mandatory sprint finish. This year like last I put myself on the Arc de Triomphe for most the race and got some great pics and view of the race. I have to say if you’ve never been to watch it which I know some of you haven’t then do it. This is my fifth time here and I’ll be back again next year for sure. Below are a few pics from today. 

In the meantime I need to say night as we have the small matter of our 282 miles ride back to London over the next two days. As always thank you, keep in touch and love you all. Happy riding!!

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London Paris London Days 1 & 2

Wheely good evening one and all from Paris. We have made it all 288 miles in two days from London and apart from a couple of aches all is good. The last two days have been great and an experience I am immensely proud of. There is so much to say I am going to pick some of the key memories of the two days. 

  • Left London in warm hazy sunshine and made great progress to Dover
  • Met a lovely lady called Pat Long at the Aldington village shop, she has also been diagnosed with cancer and donated Β£5 to our cause. Thanks Pat x
  • The hill out of Folkestone!! Never knew it was that steep
  • Made an earlier ferry and avoided sleeping on the crossing
  • Made it to our overnight in Montreuil in the most quaint guest house
  • Day 2 had it all – big climbs, rain, a puncture and about 70 miles of a 25 mph+ headwind!!! 
  • One final big climb into Paris and we made it
  • And got to have our pics taken at Arc de Triomphe

To say I am happy is an under statement, I’m buzzing!  Massive thank you to Neil for doing all the hotel and ferry booking and planning a great route. I’ll be back tomorrow with a summary of our day off in Paris watching Chris get his fourth Tour title. Until then enjoy the photos and see you soon πŸ‘

Oh and of course we have the 282 miles back to London on Monday and Tuesday!!!


Well I’m ready!!

Evening and a wheely good welcome to Paul Ashman Cycling again. Just a short blog tonight as an update ahead of my charity ride tomorrow. When the chance to join Neil on a ride to watch the Tour de France finish in Paris and then ride back we didn’t realise to what scale it would be. Well here we are on the eve of the ride and we are set. 540 miles ahead of us on a solo unsupported trip. Already raised over Β£2000 for the Royal Marsden Cancer charity and the roads await us. I will update each evening from the trip and please check out Instagram and Facebook. Until tomorrow night when I’ll have 130 miles in the legs night night one and all! 

It’s here at last!

Well another wheely good welcome to Paul Ashman Cycling again here on the start day of the greatest biggest sporting spectacle on the planet……..yes the Tour de France.
Last night the teams were presented to 100’s of fans in Dusseldorf and a chance to show off new bikes, new kits and their individual ambitions ahead of the next three weeks. Over this time the riders will cover over 3500 km’s, ride through all five mountain ranges in France and hopefully make it to the finish in Paris.
For each rider there is an individual ambition and we all have our favourites but I want to highlight where I think a few key moments will be decided over the course of the race. Without a doubt the general classification this year is going to be on of the closest on record and I think will go right to that penultimate day time trial in Marseille. Chris Froome is still the man to beat booths had an indifferent quiet start to 2017 but I think keeping the powder dry until the race starts. He has a super strong team around him and bar a massive mess up I cant see past him being on the stop step of the podium in Paris. However I do think he will be pushed all the way by Romain Bardet and of course his friend and old team mate Richie Porte.

Then there is the green points jersey and who can this possibly go to!!! Peter Sagan has won the last five years and is looking to equal the great Eric Zabel’s record of six consecutive wins in this competition and who can stop him?! He has that all round ability to win stages, get over the mountains and take sprint points. I certainly wouldn’t bet against him taking his sixth.

As for the rest of the race there is many riders who will be out to prove a point and get those elusive stage wins. Mark Cavendish returns from a long injury lay off to aim for more sprint wins, Steve Cummings fresh from national championship victories will look of r astute or two and of course lets not forget those mountain points hungry riders I am sure we will see battle it out at the summit finishes. 

What I can say is to will be one cracking race throwing up many exciting races and stages and I for now will be glued to the TV each day until I make my way out to Paris for the final stage. Until then happy cycling one and all.

Summer Cycling πŸ‘πŸ˜ŠπŸŒž

Good Afternoon and a wheely good welcome to Paul Ashman Cyling and here we go with another update on all things cycling in my world. 
This warm weather really is a treat for us cyclists and gives us a feel for what the pros ride week in week out though the summer. It is enough to make you realise why they drink so many bottles on the stages. I read recently that on one stage in Spain riders were drinking 12 bottles on a stage, wow!!! Having recovered from what was a very successful operation I am now getting back out on the bike and putting miles into my legs in readiness for a solid month of riding in July.

July looks something like this for me…..Velothon Wales which is an 82 mile closed road sportive taking in the Tumble and Caerphilly mountain. Seven of us from my club doing it so all out in team colours will look good for the cameras. Later in the month I am doing London to Paris and back all for charity with my close friend Neil. Recently Neil’s brother at the age of 39 was diagnosed with cancer so a worthwhile cause for sure. 540 miles spread over 5 days with a stop in Paris to watch the final stage of the Tour de France. Then at the end of July off to the Alps for 8 days taking in Alpe D’Huez, Mont Ventoux, Cold de Galibier, Telegraph, D’Iozard and more. So as you can see an action packed but fun month out on the bike for me which I am very much looking forward to.

Just over a week ago I had the chance to witness two great cycling events in our great capital city. Saturday was the London Nocturne organised by Rapha. This event uses a 1.2km closed road criterium type route all in the shadows of St Pauls cathedral. The day starts with fun events including a penny farthing race and culminates in an evening elite race. Rapha pull out all the stops to put this event on and it is clearly a successful event that attracts the crowds in their 1000’s. 



Onto the Sunday and it was the turn of the Womens tour of Great Britain to roll into London for the final stage. Seeing the pro women race through the streets I think is so good to see women racing getting equal coverage and exposure to the men. The sun came out and it made a great afternoon racing. 


Anyway that is all for this time and as always get out on your bikes and ride safe. Please check out and follow Paul Ashman Cycling on Twitter and Instagram. 

Meet Eddy!

Hello and another wheely good welcome to Paul Ashman Cycling.
So this is a little blog to welcome you all to my new van known to me as Eddy. Why Eddy I hear you ask? Well the greatest most famous cyclist of all time was none other than Eddy Merckx so with the van being the mobile hub of Paul Ashman Cycling the name seemed apt and a fitting way to honour the great man.
The van was purchased locally and I was very lucky to find one in such good condition and with so many extras. That doesn’t mean it is done and completed by any means, in fact more a blank canvas allowing me to customise as I feel suited. The van needs to fulfil many criteria from my daily drive to a van for my bikes to a cycling trip van for home and abroad.

So far it has a full electric set up and is insulated, boarded and carpeted inside. The interior modifications are down to my great friend Neil who with his skills and vision will slowly transform it. First stop is new windows being fitted along with looking at various sleeping options for the inside. Then bike rack, seating, racking and more will follow. With Neil helping it will become a practical fully useable van for all needs. This weekend Neil (yes that man again) will apply the sign writing to the van so it will adorn the PAC logos, website etc and another step in setting the name seen by all.

Below are a few pics of where it is so far and as always any ideas or comments feel free to fire away. It seems a long way down the line but my ambition is to use this to follow the Tour de France round the whole of France for three weeks in my van.

Thanks for reading and please check out my Twitter and Instagram. Until next time happy riding one and all.

 

All over for another year!

So as the curtain came down yesterday on one of the best if not the best Giro ever it left us in awe of Tom Domoulin. This 26 year old from the Netherlands lit up the race from start to finish showing grit in the mountains, patience on the flat and pure raw time trialing talent in the the time trials. A little over three weeks ago the race rolled out of Sardinia with one word on everyones lips, the Colombian Nairo Quintana. Could he do the Giro Tour double? How would he do in the Dolomites and Alps? And many more questions.

Well over the next three weeks all would be revealed and it did not go to plan for the young Colombian. He was out raced by the Old Shark himself Vincenzo Nibali in the mountains and outwitted all over by Tom Domoulin.

Before any of this there was plenty of other stories to keep you on the edge of your seat from the crazy police motorbike wiping out our own G, yes bloody motorbikes again!! To another young Colombian in Gaviria taking the points jersey and four victories on his Grand Tour debut at 22 years old. Lets also not forget the epic maintain battles involving Sky’s Mikel Landa who took the mountain jersey and of course the ‘natural break issues’. That along with Quick Step Floors having there best Grand Tour in a Β long time it was a race full of stories.

So fast forward to yesterday and needing to overturn a 53 second deficit the current Dutch Time Trial champion Tom Domoulin truly delivered his country their first Giro victory and first Grand Tour win for over thirty years. At 26 years old he clearly has more Grand Tours in the tank and I can see him one to watch for the future.

So back to that Colombian Quintana where does it leave him? Well Le Tour is only 5 weeks away and the battle between him, Richie Porte and Chris Froome is going to be epic. All I can say is ‘Viva La Froome’ and bring on the the Tour de France.