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Sports Nutrition for The London-Paris 2011

Monday 14th February 2011

As you are no doubt aware The L2P 2011 is made up of 3 stages totaling 520Km. At an average speed of 32Km/h (20mph) you can expect to be in the saddle for over 16 hours, and at an average speed of 27Km/h (17mph) this equates to nearly 20 hours of riding. The secret to successfully completing the ride will be down to a combination of pace judgment, energy supply, keeping hydrated and ensuring you maximize your recovery after each stage, oh yes - coupled with a reasonable amount of training prior to the Tour! Read Science in Sport's Guide for fuelling for The L2P.

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R-Sys Wheel Review, by Ride Captain James Booth

Thursday 10th February 2011

One of the beauties of riding an event like The London-Paris 2011 means that I have an excuse to start pimping my ride for the 3-day event. So what better place to start than with the wheels, clearly visible for people to notice and comment on!

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Cosmic Carbone SR, by Ride Captain Steve Jackson

Thursday 3rd February 2011

As you know us Ride Captains are in the lucky position of being supplied with kit for The L2P, and this being my second year as a Ride Captain I already have a pile of shiny new kit I keep bringing home to deposit in my man room!

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2011 Spring Ride #1 Report by Ride Captains

Thursday 3rd February 2011

Last Sunday (30th January 2011) saw the start of the Spring Rides again. Having proved to be a major part of The London-Paris experience, they're a great way to get your fitness up to scratch and meet some of your fellow riders ahead of June. Here's what our Ride Captains said.

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The London-Paris 2011 Launch, article on Cyclosport.org

Tuesday 25th January 2011

From Cyclosport.org: The London to Paris, "THE professional cycling event for amateur cyclists", launched the 2011 event at Sigma Sport, Kingston Upon Thames on Thursday 20th January 2011. I first heard about this event, a cyclosportive-über alles last year and was fascinated by the professional organisation, rolling road closures, motorbike outriders, and neutral car back up and course over 3 stages. Leaving one of the world's most dynamic cities, London on day one and finishing at the centre of cycling's most sacred ground on the Champs-Élysées, Paris on the third day.

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Charlotte Hill: The Onset of Pain and Suffering

Tuesday 11th January 2011

UK Youth Chief Executive Charlotte Hill has signed up to ride The London-Paris 2011 and hopes to raise, in the process, in excess of £3,500 for UK Youth. The biggest problem facing her being, by her own admission, she is patently not a cyclist. In fact, her kuota road bike has yet to arrive, and the furthest Ms Hill has managed so far, is not far at all; spinning class. Read about Charlotte's aim for the L2P on thewashingmachinepost.net.

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The Alpine Challenge 2010 - We Did It!

Wednesday 28th July 2010

In 2010, Sheila McWilliams, Nora Smith, Malachy Smith, Brendan Mooney, Ian Haslam and John Kennedy embarked on their journey from London to Paris. APC 2010 has been the most physically demanding and at times most gruelling event that each of us has ever undertaken. But the pain and exhaustion that we experienced during the cycle melted away in our triumphant descent into Paris. The enthusiastic welcome from the Parisians rejuvenated tired limbs and spirits, they write. Check out the full article PDF and photos, well worth a read!

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Coach's Challenge - The London-Paris 2010

Thursday 1st July 2010

I've set myself some challenges in my time as a cyclist: competing in time trials, riding up mountains, travelling long distances, even 4 hour turbo sessions! But, I don't think I have ever experienced anything like the 3 days cycling from Esher, West London to Paris, writes Helen Carter of PBscience.

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L2P Rider Scott Sunderland on Wiggins in the Tour

Thursday 1st July 2010

Bradley Wiggins must adopt the concentration and focus for which seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is renowned in order to fulfil his ambition of finishing on the Champs Elysees podium, according to former Team Sky senior sporting director Scott Sunderland.

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Mike Hawkins' L2P Blog on Cycling Weekly's Website

Thursday 1st July 2010

It's official. France is a big place and in June it's hot. Today reached 34 degrees. Despite the heat and the fact that we had 124km to do before the lunch stop, it really was incredible. All of our group was by now well into the way the ride worked with people were given free rein to ride off the front up the hills with those behind working together to get back in touch when the pace softened again. Whilst the rest of the time we rolled along as a tidy bunch, writes Mike Hawkins.

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