Beyond middle-age crazy

Cycling from London to Paris — 300-some kilmoeters over a period of three days, between two major cities in different countries — sounds like an activity for healthy young enthusiasts on featherweight carbon-fibre bikes.

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Meet your humble narrator

At 54 years old, I’m past the middle-age crazy stage (I hope). L2P is a ride I want to ride for the fun of it, not to check something off a list or show someone something.

I try to cycle a few hours each weekend at least, but it’s been a couple of years since I did 140km in one day (as we’ll be doing on Day 2 of the ride).

Thanks to my active lifestyle and a careful dietary regimen designed to lower the levels of uric acid in my blood, I now weigh more than I ever have in my life. One of my goals for this ride is to lose weight before it begins.

Major rides accomplished in the last few years

(All one-day round trips except for Lake Biwa)

  • Futakotamagawa cycle path, Haneda to Fussa
  • Tokyo to Yokohama
  • Circle Lake Biwa (two days)
  • Futakotamagawa to Tokyo Disneyland

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