Fat Lad And Kelly Did It

Fat Lad And Kelly Did It!



Fat Lad And Kelly Did It!


On Sunday the 19th myself and Mandy went to Clive’s house to see him and Kelly head off for Paris to start their 6 day journey back to Palmers on Trent bridge.  There are so many nuggets to pick up from them which will aid us on our ride in July. 

Amongst his belongings he took 17 boxes of Jaffa Cakes and enough Haribos to keep the world’s population of kids on a high for a year, not asked them if they worked yet.

For the first two days in Paris we had no contact with them at all because for some reason in the 21st century mobile telecommunications companies still want to rip you off for calling abroad.. Apparently Paris is a complete nightmare to get out of and they got lost a number of times, including passing the Eiffel Tower 4 times.

Day two was no better with them telling me that there was a huge hill, not Clive’s word I must add, he explained it in a different way; a much different way, Kelly also told me that when they neared Dieppe (ferry port) there were lots more lorries around who did not give a damn about them on their bikes.

I called Clive on the Wednesday night around 9ish and I think I woke him up, he sounded the lowest I have heard him sound, if somebody had said to me he just had 15 pints I would have believed them, all he said to me was ‘Chet do me a favour and f*$k off, I will call you tomorrow.’  So that was that Clive was in a place he did not want to be, he had completely hit the wall, 3 days of what can only be described as Winter weather along with hellish roads.

Thursday Clive called me about 11am and with a chirpy voice Fat Lad is back, it seems that the rub down he got from Kelly and a good night’s sleep recharged is batteries, he said I needed to change the route for when we do our ride and that Kelly was planning the route and the end of each day.  At this point I felt that I had let them down as it was I who planned the route last year, Thursday was the day they were cycling to Milton Keynes and where David Johnson was going to meet up with them to join them for their final two days.

 I spoke to Clive at the Hotel on the Thursday night and he seemed a lot more upbeat, maybe it was having Johno there that did it but whatever it was I was glad of it, he still had two big days to get through.  Myself and Sean Cochrane-Smith were set to meet them in Oadby on Saturday and wanted him to be in a good mood, I would have hated it if we got there and he had hated every minute of it, he would have been the first to let me know.

Friday I did not talk to them only text to make arrangements to meet on the A6/A46 junction to cycle the final part home with them, myself and Sean left Clifton at 6am and headed for Oadby hoping to catch them along the way, we made good time, in fact that good we ended up at their hotel in Oadby just as they were ready to leave.

Along the way back I had a chat about the route, both Kelly and Clive said I needed to revisit the route, I’m now either going to meet up with Kelly or look on her Strava site for the route they took UK side.

Our first break on the way back was at the A6/A46 junction where Kelly said we had 15 minutes because we had to be at our next destination Hoton (Pak Arms) to meet up with a few of Clive’s mates who were cycling back in with him too.

At this stage one thing I picked up is Clive has no ideas about traffic lights; Red Amber or Green all mean go in Clive’s eyes and he puts his hands up to stop the traffic, Kelly continued to scream “Clive you have to stop this”, she even tried in words that Clive knew all well and good but he chose to continue his own way.

We arrive at Pak Arms to find around 7 other riders who were riding back with us, they gave us all free coffee, at this time all the banter began, Johno telling us about how Clive approaches hills; by getting his head down and hurtling into them, once he did it only to find it was a bridge where he launched himself over it.

We headed off back to Palmers which was a steady 12 miles, a couple of good hills along the way but Clive could smell the end, there was no stopping him and he just wanted to get back.  He did not stop at the Nottingham Knight Island and he certainly was not being held up for the lights at Wilford Lane.  The vans stopped the traffic just after Willford Lane where Clive, Kelly and Johno tucked in between the support car and Van and the rest of us dropped behind the van, we stopped all traffic on London Road… sorry about the hold-up other road users.

As they rode around the corner to Plamers the van and car sounded the horns to the fantastic turn out for their return, Job Done

Well done Clive, Kelly and Johno

You can still donate to Clive’s charity  Justgiving.com/clive-whiting



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Adli Nottingham Donate Cyclewear

Aldi Nottingham

On behalf of Clifton All Whites and the riders we would like to thank Aldi Nottingham for donating Crane Cycle-wear for all our riders.

Thank you very much; we all appreciate it.


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NCT wish Clifton All Whites ‘Bon Voyage’ with charity cycle ride donation

NCT Cheque

Nottingham City Transport has donated over £3,000 to Clifton All Whites football club to cover the costs of its 50th anniversary charity cycle ride from Paris to Nottingham to raise funds for the club’s floodlight appeal.

Clifton All Whites are celebrating their 50th anniversary in July and are holding a big party on 13th July, with a Clifton All-Whites v Forest Legends football match on 14th July to mark the occasion.
The festivities will begin on the 13th at 2pm and as part of the celebrations, the team of ten riders will be arriving back at the event, having completed the last leg of their epic ride from Paris.
The £3,375 donated by NCT from its staff charity fund, has covered the costs of the ride, including hotels, insurance, support vehicle and ferry crossings, which would otherwise have had to be paid for by the club, and might have jeopardised the feasibility of the whole event.
“It’s great news that Nottingham City Transport have continued to show their support for the club,” says Martyn Cheatle, Clifton All Whites’ manager. “It’s not just Clifton All Whites that will benefit from this event, but a number of other charities that we are a riding for, and without this funding I don’t think this ride would take place.”
Nottingham City Transport has been serving the Clifton area for over 60 years, and commemorated the anniversary last year with its special diamond jubilee bus, which featured sixty-nine-year-old local litter-picking hero, Michael Chandley on the back.
NCT has sponsored the under-13s Clifton All Whites team for a couple of years now as we recognise the important role they play in the community,” says Nottingham City Transport Marketing Manager, Anthony Carver-Smith. “It’s fantastic to see the club raising funds in such an inspiring way as this amazing cycle ride, and we were happy play a part in ensuring it goes ahead.”

NCT will be presenting a special 50th anniversary year bus to the Clifton All Whites in July to mark their birthday,  and will be attending the celebrations on both days.

To find out more about the Clifton All Whites’ 50th anniversary charity cycle ride from Paris to Nottingham and discover how to donate, log on to www.kismet.org.uk

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Nottingham City Transport presents cheque to Clifton All Whites

Nottingham City Transport Cheque Pressentation:

Nottingham City Transport presents a cheque to Clifton All Whites football club as part of their sponsorship of the P2N ride and 50th year celebrations, without the support of NCT this ride would not be possible.

On behalf of Jermaine Jenas our ambassador and Clifton All Whites we thank you.

Nottingham City Transport presents cheque to Clifton All Whites


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P2N Playlist

Not in any particualr order

Artist Title
Van Morrison Brown Eyed Girl
U2 Beautiful Day
U2 Desire
The Cure Friday I’m In Love
Stereophonics I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio
U2 Pride (In The Name Of Love)
U2 Sweetest Thing
U2 Where The Streets Have No Name
U2 With Or Without You
Stereophonics Dakota
The Cure The Lovecats
Stereophonics Have A Nice Day
Stereophonics Pick A Part That’s New
Stereophonics Maybe Tomorrow
Jake Bugg Trouble Town
Jake Bugg Simple As This
Cascada Everytime We Touch
Cascada Evacuate the Dancefloor
Cascada What Hurts the Most
Jake Bugg Lighting Bolt
Jake Bugg Two Fingers
Owen James Harvey Till the Day I Die
Owen James Harvey This Don’t Feel Like Home
Owen James Harvey Marilyn
Jake Bugg Seen It All
Owen James Harvey Elizabethtown
Owen James Harvey Not In My Name
Owen James Harvey Bluebird
Queen A Kind Of Magic
Queen Another One Bites The Dust
Neil Diamond Beautiful Noise
Queen Bicycle Race
Queen Bohemian Rhapsody
Oasis Champagne Supernova
Oasis Cigarettes & Alcohol
Neil Diamond Cracklin’ Rosie
Oasis Don’t Look Back In Anger
Queen Don’t Stop Me Now
Queen Fat Bottomed Girls
Neil Diamond Forever in Blue Jeans
Bruno Mars Gorilla
Queen Hammer To Fall
Queen I Want To Break Free
Queen Killer Queen
Bruno Mars Locked Out Of Heaven
Neil Diamond Love On The Rocks
Queen Made In Heaven
Oasis Morning Glory
Oasis Acquiesce
Oasis All Around The World
Oasis Go Let It Out!
Oasis Rockin’ Chair
Oasis  Songbird
Oasis Stop Crying Your Heart Out
Oasis The Hindu Times
Queen One Vision
Rita Ora Feat Tinie Tempah R.I.P
Queen Radio Ga Ga
Oasis Roll With It
Queen Seven Seas Of Rhye
Oasis Some Might Say
Oasis Stand By Me
Neil Diamond Sweet Caroline
The Killers Human
The Killers Mr. Brightside
The Killers Read My Mind
The Killers This Is Your Life
The Killers When You Were Young
Queen Under Pressure
Coldplay Violet Hill
Coldplay Viva La Vida
Queen We Will Rock You
Bruno Mars When I Was Your Man
Oasis Wonderwall
Bruno Mars Young Girls
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NCT Step Up Again

Bike Rack

On March 11  I blogged about our struggle to raise sufficient funds to hire a   minibus, I thought I had sourced one and assumed that I could take it to France… How wrong was I?

Since then Mandy (wife) has tirelessly sent out email after email asking for help for a minibus and if they would help fund it as we are riding for Charity.

Every email she got back she was told the same story, either they do not operate outside of the UK or they were over £1500 for the duration of the trip, the trip was looking very much in doubt.

We looked at different ways of getting to Paris which included flying from East Midlands, to getting the train down, but these all proved more expensive than the minibus. 

Anyway to cut a very long story and even longer week short, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) have increased their funding which has enabled us to get the show back on the road so to speak. 

On behalf of Clifton All Whites I thank you very much, we seriously could not complete this ride without your help,




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Kismet/Clifton All Whites are looking for help with the hire of a minibus

 We are looking to hire a minibus for our charity bike ride from Paris to Nottingham, we need to get 10 riders and bikes down to Paris and then use the minibus as a support vehicle for the journey back.

I had sourced a company last year for the hire of a bus but have only just found out they are not licensed outside of the UK, if you hire out minibuses or privately own a minibus with a tow bar that you could hire us then please get in touch.

 Without the minibus or charity ride is in Jeopardy and out intent is to raise money for a number of charities not just Clifton All Whites, please take a look around out site and let me know if you can help out.




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Donate by Text


Clifton FC/All Whites are now subscribed to Just Text Giving, an innovative partnership between Just Giving and Vodafone that allows you to donate to charity using a simple text message.
If you’d like to help us in supporting our local football club, please text the code followed by the amount that you’d like to donate, either £1, £2, £5 OR £10 to 70070. For example: –   PTON10 £2
to donate £2. After you’ve donated you will receive a text message to confirm your donation and a link to reclaim Gift Aid. If you complete the Gift Aid declaration, Clifton FC will receive an extra 25p for every £1 you donate.

The amount donated will be added to your mobile bill and all texts to 70070 are free, this means that if you donate £1 it will only cost you £1 and we receive the full £1, if you reply the the text your receive back with the Gift Aid information we receive a further 25p in the pound.

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Can you help our club make history?

2013 sees our football club Clifton All Whites celebrate its 50th Anniversary. A celebration of this achievement is being held on Sat 13th & Sun 14th July.

On Saturday 13th, the Club will be open from 2pm for an afternoon full of entertainment, leading into a night of live music and a disco.  There will be a licensed bar, food and family activities throughout this time.

The 14th will see Nottingham Forest’s Legends’ play a Clifton All Whites x11.

Prior to this on Monday 8th of July there will be 10 of us leaving Nottingham and heading for Paris so we can cycle back to our Clubhouse in Clifton, Nottingham to raise much needed funds for our floodlight appeal.  10 other charities will also benefit from the event too.

A full breakdown of the event will appear on our websites (below) soon.

This is where we are looking for your help, Nottingham City Transport have sponsored the ride itself which will cover our travelling expenses including hotels, Ferry Crossing and Chanel Tunnel.

We are looking for:

A shirt sponsor, this will enable us to purchase team wear which will have your company logo on and will also appear both Clifton FC and Kismet Websites, all promotional material as well as media and social media exposure.

Can you spare 6 days and fancy a trip to Paris?

We are also looking for a person to join our support team to share the driving of the mini bus and helping the riders where needed.

Our support team are there to aid us if and when we have punctures, carry food and water supplies and help in anyway they can, we are also wanting them to keep the website blogs as well as keep up to date our trip on the Social Media sites we run.

Hotel and food expenses will be paid for and you will be helping our club make history too.

Please get in touch if you can help or know of anybody who would be willing to help.


Club website: www.cliftonfc.co.uk

Bike Ride Site : www.kismet.org.uk

Thanks for reading.


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Bike Ride Training Plan

Bike Ride Training Programme
It is imperative that those taking part in this type of cycling event are adequately prepared in order to get maximum benefit from it. The event is a challenge and requires a high standard of fitness and an understanding of how to use a bicycle and its gears. It is not a race. There will be back-up and support during the ride itself.

These bike ride training guidelines have been prepared for us by Joanne Cavill, a cycle training consultant.

Summary of bike ride training guidelines:
Before starting your ride it is a good idea to do stretching exercises to loosen up the muscles.

Check that your saddle is at the correct height and tyres are pumped correctly.

If you have not cycled for some time, begin with a half hour ride every second day. After two weeks increase to 45 minutes and after one month increase to 1 hour. It is preferable to cycle for one hour, two or three times per week.

Find stretches of hilly terrain in order to experience the difficulties of cycling uphill and the changing of gears.

Ensure your training programme includes “off-road” cycling.

Learn to use your gears. On flat, or slightly rising, terrain you should not be in too low a gear otherwise your pedalling rate is too high and you will be expending unnecessary energy.

Change gear while it is still relatively easy as you go up hill. It is difficult to change when you are pushing up a steep hill because the gears are too taut and the chain may come off.

Never change gear when the chain is on the large sprocket wheel at the front and the small wheel at the back as the chain may come off.

When you are training don’t forget to take water, a small medical kit, repair kit, some energy food with you – and always wear your helmet.
Detailed Bike Ride Training Guidelines:

You may be required to cycle anything up to 60 miles in a single day. This requires a certain level of endurance, leg strength, aerobic fitness and tolerance to sitting on a bicycle saddle for up to six hours, or longer, per day.

The mixture of terrain from tarmac roads to rough desert and forest tracks requires you to have a degree of bike handling skill. Your fitness and skills can be improved in the three months preceding your trip by following a bicycle specific training programme.

Here are some tips to help you get the best out of your training and ensure you have a very enjoyable experience.

Before embarking on any training plan make sure your bike is in good working order. If you are not mechanically minded get a bike shop to check it over for you. Ensure your tyres are pumped up to the maximum recommended pressure.

Make sure your saddle is the correct height otherwise you will encounter back problems on a long distance journey. Your leg should be comfortably straight with a slight bend in the knee (not stretched) when your pedal is at its lowest point.

If your saddle is too low it will increase your work-rate and you will tire much more quickly. If in doubt get a fellow cyclist or someone in a bike shop to check out your riding position. It is very important for your own comfort and safety.

Using toe clips or clipless pedals is an advantage for long distance cycling. Shoes with a rigid sole, like proper cycling shoes, also reduce foot numbness which can occur through hours of continual pedaling.

Wear comfortable shorts or tracksuit bottoms that don’t have heavy seams around the crotch area. This can lead to unnecessary saddle soreness. Avoid baggy trousers that might get caught in your chain. If you can, invest in a pair of cycling shorts which have extra padding in the crotch area and are long in the leg to prevent the inner legs chaffing on the saddle.

Learn to use your gears. On flat, or slightly rising terrain you should not be in too low a gear otherwise your pedaling rate is too high and you will be expending unnecessary energy. Change gear while it is still relatively easy as you go uphill.

It is difficult to change when you are pushing up a steep hill because the gears are too taut and the chain may come off. Never change gear when the chain is on the large sprocket wheel at the front and the small wheel at the back as the chain may come off.

General Fitness
Any good training programme progresses from general to more specific training. In the six months before your trip you should aim to reach a fairly good general fitness level through either running, swimming, cycling, aerobics, circuit training or strength training. This gives you a good base on which to begin your cycle specific training.

Cycle Specific Training
In the three months plan before your trip you need to build up your endurance, leg strength and your bike handling skills.

Endurance takes a long time to improve, but equally it takes along time to lose it. You must work on your endurance for the whole three months allotted to your training. Bike specific endurance is what you require so try to do most of your endurance training on your bicycle.

If the weather is bad this can be substituted with running, swimming or circuit training. To improve endurance you should ride for a minimum of two hours without stopping. Your body will go into fat burning mode after about one hour and it is from this point onwards that you have to train your body to run like an efficient engine on its fat stores.

We all have enough fat as fuel to keep us running for hours! The key to endurance is training your body to burn this fat efficiently to allow you to keep on going at a steady pace for several hours. Your endurance rides should be performed at a comfortable speed.

If you have a heart rate monitor you should be riding in the 65-85% range of your maximum heart rate. If you are new to cycling I recommend doing two rides per week of two hours duration in your first month of training.

More advanced riders may wish to tackle two rides of three hours duration per week. Beginners should eventually build up to riding for at least three hours once a week, say at the weekend, with a two-hour ride during the week if you have enough daylight. Longer rides with café stops etc. would be beneficial on warm summer days at the weekends.

By the end of the three months you should be aiming to ride as near to 60 miles as possible on a single day. At this stage you will be well prepared to tackle the demands of your trip.

Leg Strength
Efficient cycling requires a certain amount of leg strength. The greater your leg strength, the less tired you will be at the end of a long ride. Work on your leg strength at least once a week either by doing weighted squats in the gym, keeping your feet parallel and about pedal width apart in order to closely simulate the pedaling action.

Alternatively do bike specific strength work by pedaling up hills in a big/ heavy gear while remaining seated in the saddle. This will develop your quadriceps and gluteal muscles, the powerhouses of cycling.

While on the subject of strength, it is very important to have strong abdominal and back muscles for cycling. During your gym sessions make sure you include abdominal and back exercises to improve your core strength.

It will help with your hill climbing and increase your fatigue resistance. A general strength programme once or twice a week is highly recommended for all sports. If you cannot fit in gym sessions during the week, do not sacrifice bike time for them. Before your trip, getting used to the bike is more important.

A Note about Spinning Classes
Spinning classes are a fantastic way of improving your bike specific fitness. They are a good high intensity supplement to your endurance training. By all means include them in your three-month programme.

Because the intensity is high do not do more than two Spinning classes per week. It takes a long time to recover from high intensity work. Remember not to substitute Spinning for real cycling. Use it as an additional training session or use it when the weather is bad.

It is more important to ride your bike outdoors. You will not be sitting on a stationary bike in the desert.

Bike Handling Skills
Some of the riding you will do on your trip will be off-road on rough terrain. Prepare yourself for this by doing some of your endurance rides off-road on a mountain bike. The demands of off-road cycling can be quite different to on-road.

More skill and co-ordination may be required in negotiating the bike through rough terrain. Practice riding on stony ground, forest trails, footpaths and on steep gravely hills. Get used to steering around difficult obstacles and maintaining your balance.

When coming downhill the weight of the body should be on the pedals, not over the saddle. Off-road riding demands upper body and core strength as well as leg strength so keep up that gym work.

Practice riding in and out of the saddle on hills to give different muscle groups a work out and to prevent your back getting stiff. Ride most of the time in easy gears to avoid sore knees, especially off-road. Spin the pedals as fast as you can to improve your aerobic capacity and save your knees.

Drinking and Eating
Cycling uses a huge amount of energy. After a training ride you must replenish your muscle glycogen stores so that your muscles can repair and rebuild themselves in time for your next training session.

Eating a high carbohydrate meal immediately after your endurance rides will shorten your recovery time. Remember also to re-hydrate fully during and after each training session.

Your body has enough glycogen stored in its muscles to keep you going for about 90 minutes of moderate exercise. After this time your body converts to using fat as a fuel. Until your body becomes efficient at burning fat through your endurance training, you will need to eat something during your long endurance rides.

To prevent your body going into energy deficit during a ride (a condition commonly known as the hunger knock, the wall or the bonk) eat a high carbohydrate snack such as a muesli bar or a banana every hour during your ride.

This keeps your muscle glycogen levels topped up. If you don’t like to eat during a ride then use one of the many carbohydrate sports drinks in your water bottles. Remember to keep sipping regularly, not just when you feel thirsty or hungry.

Hydration and energy intake are very important in long distance cycling. Eat and drink regularly during your training and during the cycling days on your trip. Eat a high carbohydrate meal within 2 hours of finishing your ride. Your recovery time will be shortened and you’ll be ready to go again the next day.

After every training session try to do some simple stretches. Cycling can reduce your suppleness if you do not take the time to stretch afterwards. Stretch while your muscles are still warm. Hold the stretch for at least 15 seconds and do not bounce. Always include your back, glutes, shoulders, neck, quads, hamstrings and calves.

Health and safety
When you are training do not forget to take water, a small medical kit, repair kit – and always wear your helmet.

This is some basic information to get you started on a three-month cycle specific training programme. It is by no means comprehensive or suitable for every individual. The amount of training you are used to and your present fitness level determines how you tackle the three months prior to your trip.

Use your head. Build up gradually to a level you feel comfortable with. Most importantly ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike. Enjoy the fresh air and the freedom.

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