About Me

I'm a journalist, lecturer and broadcaster who took up cycling in August 2019, more than 20 years after last getting on two wheels.

Having been bitten by the cycling big I soon upgraded my £250 Decathlon bike for a much leaner, meaner machine and decided to set myself a challenge seemingly far beyond my obvious ability - riding the length of the 2020 Tour de France - 2,156 miles - to raise money for two sporting charities.

And so the Tour de Greaves was born.

Well, not quite. The first plan I had was to take part in the RideLondon100 sportive and maybe do one or two shorter, flat sportives to get some miles in the legs having been inspired by a couple of friends who did the 2019 edition.

But I've found that the more I've cycled, the more I want to do. I first toyed with the idea to ride 2,080 miles which equates to the 40 miles per week average that a SportsAid athlete will cover in training but when I was checking out the various Grand Tours for 2020, I thought I might as well add another 76 miles on. How hard can it be?

I initially got my first bike with the intention of doing loads of indoor cycling on turbo trainer to save me having to go to the gym but, after months of both bike and turbo trainer sitting collecting dust, I decided that the only way to actually get 'into' cycling would be climb aboard and take the plunge. 

I started with very slow tootles around the excellent Steven Burke Sports Hub circuit in Barrowford and the odd ride around the estate before doing my first 'proper' ride along the canal between Barrowford and Barnoldswick and back. A full 13.06 miles! 

Since then, I've been steadily building up the miles and completed my first half-century in late November with a ride from Glasson Dock near Lancaster up to the edge of the Lake District and back.

The aim of the Tour de Greaves is to clock up the 2,156 miles by taking part in various events, sportives, maybe a bit of bike-packing and generally chasing the miles around the roads and lanes of Lancashire and beyond.

Want to join the journey? Follow @TourDeGreaves / @AndrewGreaves84 on Twitter to find out how! 

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