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Sponsor Gratitude – Sugar CRM

With less than a week to go, I want to say a huge thanks to my final sponsor – Sugar CRM – especially their VP of International Marketing, Scott Addington.

I have known Scott for a number of years and he is one of the very few marketers I regularly quiz and take note from.

SugarCRM is a powerful CRM solution that connects sales, marketing, and service teams to boost productivity, business growth and engage customers in moments that matter.

Their support, along with the other sponsors, has made a huge difference to the fundraising.

Big thanks to Sugar CRM for their sponsorship.

Meanwhile, with my plans firmly taking shape, I went for a 70km ride with the bike fully loaded (including solar panels), testing my legs on the first part of my first day towards Portsmouth. Although it is a hilly route, I managed okay, and my average speed was around 16km/h (10mph) so I am happy understanding more about what it’s going to take.

I have since invested in some packing cubes to reduce bulk and have dropped 4kg worth of stuff to make the load lighter.

Basingstoke to Benidorm Cycle Ride

I have also made a few adjustments to the bike this week, including saddle position (I didn’t realise I’d never cut the saddle stem down since I bought the bike) and changing my handlebar stem for a shorter one.

This means I will be sitting more upright to try to alleviate some pain I’ve been getting in my left hand, so every tweak helps. Yesterday’s 69km ride proved this was worth doing, with less pain in the hand and more strain across my torso, proving that it was doing its fair share of the work.

Craig cutting bike

In terms of routing, I am discovering it’s harder online to find campsites than I thought it would be. This means I have rerouted past Bordeaux to go more down the west coast of France, and I’ll take a little detour via Biarritz before heading inland to cross the Pyrenees.

Funnily enough, The Pyrenees is usually the thing people mention to me when I chat about the ride, and how hard it is going to be. The elevation chart below shows that’s not necessarily the case, with the higher peaks in the middle of Spain. I’ll see how I’m getting on at that stage as I’d like to think I’ll be even fitter then and maybe dropped a few kilos. But, if all else fails, I can always route across to the coast to miss the Sistema Iberico mountain range.

But I’ll cross that mountain range, when I come to it. 

Basingstoke Benidorm Elevation
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