Cycle Challenge Lands End to John O'Groats
1000 miles for SUDEP Action
Kind of rolls off the tongue doesn’t it? 900 miles for charity, so easy
to say, but how hard will it actually be?
Ben Rockett completed the challenge in 5 days 21 hours 8 minutes (23 hours faster than previous record, set 2001), but then his daily average ride was a staggering 324.1 miles! That’s OK for uber fit cyclists like Ben. What will it be like for us chubby challengers?
Well, although we don’t have the route planned just yet, we do have a very good idea of what to expect. We will be cycling approximately 65-75 miles per day and it will take us about 14 days to complete the ride. Do I hear the cry of WIMPS! Well no one said we were going for the speed record did they? Out of interest, I wonder who holds the record for the slowest attempt!
Our ride though will carry us through some of the UK’s most beautiful locations from Cornwall, through to Devon, up through Somerset, Wales, Lancaster, Lake District and of course Scotland. These locations along the UK’s west coast are indeed very beautiful, but they have something else in common, Hills, hills and more hills! It’s a little known fact that no matter what direction you go in 75% of hills go up! In fact I have read that we will be climbing around 64000 feet on our journey! Its ok though because Sean assures me that its just one foot in front of the other. Thanks Sean, I know where my back foot will be heading with comments like that!
So one word really sums up our challenge, excruciatingly tough, wait a minute that’s two words. Maths was never my strong point! Still, they don’t call it a challenge for nothing now do they. So best foot forward and lots of training over the next 6 months readying myself for the climax of this challenge, the ride itself in August 2014! Just got to keep my mind focused on the monumental amounts of cash we are going to raise for SUDEP Action!
Oh by the way, did I mention our Donation Page?