WO1 John Dove rides The Trafalgar Way for Tickets For Troops
On Saturday 15th October WO1 John Dove of the Household Cavalry, along with eight other members of HM Armed Forces is cycling 114 miles from Exeter to Salisbury which is the second stage of the Ride the Trafalgar Way cycle ride. We caught up with him to find out how his training is going.
1. Have you ever done something like this before?
I completed the epic route of the Tricoloure which was held on 3rd September this year. It started and finished in Calais and involved cycling through 75 miles of French countryside with 6000ft of climbing.
2. How has training gone over the last couple of weeks? Has it been easier/harder than expected?
The training is going okay; I am concentrating on putting miles into my legs over a week rather than individual long rides. The training does at times feel quite hard as I am concentrating on ascents, which are my weakness at the moment.
3. How is the fundraising going?
So far I have raised more than £200, and I can't thank my friends and colleagues enough for the support they have shown. I will hopefully reach the £300 target.
4. What is the furthest cycle you have done whilst training?
The furthest I have cycled is the Tricoloure. Since then I have done a 30 mile ride.
5. What is your training plan between now & the race?
My training plan is to increase the distance on a single ride to 90-95 miles the week before the event I will continue to do short 20 to 30 mile rides during the week to keep my leg strength and endurance up.
6. Are you looking forward to the challenge?
I am looking forward to the cycle as it will be a testing and personal achievement, along with raising money for Tickets For Troops. I should also see some spectacular countryside, I just hope the weather is nice for October.
Please help our Ride The Trafalgar Way riders reach their fundraising target by donating here: mydonate.bt.com/events/ridethetrafalgarwaywithtft/346