Bowlers can be so cruel…

One week to Land’s End John O’Groats. Today’s ride was… um.. disasterous.

Started well enough with a beautiful hack around Loch Leven with the family. The plan was that I’d cycle back solo doing a gentle 40 miles.

Cue biblical downpour, and I had to shelter, shivering, in the Strathmiglo bowling club. Endured 25 minutes of drunken Strathmiglo bowlers heckling my impromptu wet t-shirt competition while I waited for Caroline to come and rescue me in the car.

#shamefaced #nowaterproofs #cruelbowlers

LEJOG update: Prudential RideLondon meets Virtual Reality

Wow! I’m absolutely blown away by the response to my Lands End John O’Groats cycle news. Thank you so much to those of you who have sponsored me. It means a huge amount.

A very surreal experience today as the winds were too strong to head outside to cycle, and I’m still shaking off this lung infection, so I took to my indoor turbo trainer. Very much my last resort.

What you can see on the laptop infront of me is a programme called ‘Zwift‘ on which I was riding in a virtual version of the Prudential RideLondon course I rode for real last weekend.

Every hill and gradient is accurately recreated, so the climb up Box Hill really does create the effect of a 6% gradient on the trainer. I know I’m a total geek, but it was just amazing to see the event we helped create, and the branding that the team I dreamt up all those years ago now re-created in Virtual Reality.

If you’re feeling generous you can find my sponsorship pages here:

Time to ‘fess up: I’m riding from Lands End to John O’Groats

I’ve been pretty hesitant about ‘going public’ on this until I was a bit more confident that I could achieve it. With only a month to go, though I don’t really have many more excuses!

I’ve always wanted to do something special for my 40th birthday. Perhaps a luxury safari in South Africa? Or a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Asia? As soon as I found out about this 1000 mile cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats, leaving on the day of my 40th, my choice was clear.

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Lands End to John O’Groats (LEJOG) is probably the most challenging ride you can do in the UK. I’ll be covering around 1,000 miles, from the rugged coastline of Cornwall up to the barren majesty of the Scottish Highlands.

final-big-mapWe will have to cycle for 100 miles every day for 9 days without a break.

Tonight I made the mistake of working out how many hills I’ll need to climb. The total is somewhere around 42,000 feet. To put that in a food analogy (and I like food analogies) the energy I’ll need is equivalent to 40 large pizzas…

Maybe it would have been easier to just stay home and eat the pizzas.