Having qualified for the World Championships in September, I needed to get some miles in.

Mrs Abdu was going out to France for a week to spend with the girls, I offered to drive her there and keep a low profile going out on my bike every day, tough eh!

They agreed to me coming out so I got over 300 miles in 4 days in beautiful weather, a time to try out the new kit and eat brioche in Verteuil with the Chateaux as a beautiful back drop