Sunday, 8 July 2012

DAY NINE - UPDATE.....

CRABBIE'S BLACK RESERVE GINGER BEER
It is now day nine of the TDF.....so here is an update. Not on the TDF as that seems to roll on with all the action and drama that every first week of the Tour has....but an update of the action in and around Purple Towers. 


Paul from the  'I Love My Brooks Saddle' blog left me a comment asking what beverage I was using during these tough early stages of the TDF. 
Above is a picture of my answer....
Although I started  watching the Tour in the company of various types of ale I have now decided that what is working really well for me is Crabbie's Black Reserve Ginger Beer....This stuff has a great taste and at 6% volume I seem to be able to last each stage quite well. 


Of course living in these parts there is another really good reason why I would choose Ginger Beer to drink.....
As a kid I remember reading the 'Famous Five' books written by Enid Blyton as well as seeing Famous Five films at the regular Saturday morning kids cinema. Those stories were often based in the area of the Purbecks that I regularly ride in. 
On my rides I  pass the hotel where Enid Blyton would stay when visiting this area and where she is reputed to have written the stories...
The kids in the tales she wrote would have "Lashings of Ginger Beer" and go cycling, so I am carrying on that tradition although I doubt very much if their ginger beer was as strong as this great stuff I have been drinking......


The weather over this past week has been abysmal.....on just one day we had the amount of rain that we would normally expect during the whole of an average July.......trying to fit in my riding without getting washed away has been a bit of a trial, indeed my weeks mileage was considerably lower than previous weeks.....still on course though. 


With all this bad weather and no end in sight Anne and I intend on taking a holiday throughout August in the hope of finding some nicer weather. 


Since the start of the TDF a number of cycling items have been delivered by our happy and smiling postman....I won't tell you what they are yet but I plan on doing reports on them once the TDF is finished. 
Tomorrow in the TDF is a 38km time trial stage from Arc-et-Senans to Besancon and then on Tuesday there will be a rest day......at least that will give me a chance to top up my'Famous Five' supplies.

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11 comments:

Steve A said...

Even in the homogenized modern era, British beer stands out from the rest!

jeff said...

No rest for the wicked. ;)

Trevor said...

*Steve A*
We do have quite a few 'micro breweries' in the UK producing some pretty good brews Steve....

*jeff*
Certainly isn't Jeff....

limom said...

I needs me a skin suit!
Okay, not really.

Melanie Suzanne said...

Ginger beer sounds pretty good. I love non-alcoholic ginger ale (the real stuff... not that crap made by Canada Dry or Schwepps) and slightly alcoholic ginger shandy. I need to see if the local specialty adult beverage store has ginger beer in stock so I can try some.

Paul said...

We all know how important it is to stay properly hydrated on those tuff Tour stages. Trevor, I think you hit it right on the nose with you're choice. Not only are you staying hydrated, you're also replacing all those electrolites that we lose too.

limom said...

Wiggins won a stage!
Did beer come out of your nose?

Trevor said...
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Trevor said...

*limom*
Re the skin suit....Not a good idea for any of us I would think....
Yeah...Wiggo won a stage! Let's put it like this - I nearly drowned!!

*Melanie Suzanne*
Well worth giving it a try if you can get hold of some Melanie...It will blow your head off!!

*Paul*
Thanks Paul...I'm just doing my bit to support British cycling.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Sounds like you were about to list a famous five beers to enjoy on "The Island of Adventure" (The Blyton book I enjoyed most as a child).

Trevor said...

*J_on_tour*
One of my favourites too J...