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A shiny new blog, and a trilogy of cycling for 2013

I have been threatening to start a blog for ages, so here it is.

I’ve copied over my blog from Riding the Rhine last year, and added some new content about the trip. Now you can read the full account here.

Since Riding the Rhine I have also ridden the Hebridean Trail, a mixture of roads and mountain bike trails along the length of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. I did it last October, which was about the last time I can remember feeling warm.

It has been cold for the last few months hasn’t it? I haven’t been out on my bike much since then, in fact only 3 or 4 times since the beginning of the year.

I hope my fitness hasn’t diminished too much, because I’m going to need it with what I have planned.

John O’Groats to Lands End in May

The idea for this trip really took hold when I was cycling the Hebridean Trail back in October. 

I haven’t finalised the route, but I’ll be completing it in 3 legs during May

  • John O’Groats to Windermere – 6 days
  • Windermere to Bath – 5 days
  • Bath to Lands End – 4 days

I won’t be trying to break any records, so I can take a scenic route.

British Heart Foundation London to Brighton Bike Ride in June

I did this ride last year and really enjoyed it, but this year it will be more significant.

I lost Mel to Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) a few weeks after last years event. The BHF supports medical research into some of the causes of SADS so it’s an event I want to keep supporting.

So if you only decide to sponsor me for one event this year, please consider making it this one.

I’ll be reminding you nearer the time, but my donation page is already in place if you want to get in early.

Dunwich Dynamo in July

Having done a similar length trip, I feel a little blasé about John O’Groats to Lands End. The Dunwich Dynamo is the trip I really fear the most this year.

Read more about the Dun Run here.

I thought about doing it last year and chickened out.

If you want to sponsor me

If you only want to sponsor me for one bike trip this year, please sponsor me for London to Brighton.

People were very generous last year, and in total (including corporate donations and gift aid) you helped raise over £5,500 for Mel’s favourite charity, Cancer Research.

I certainly don’t expect people to sponsor me for every bike trip. But if you do want to sponsor me for John O’Groats to Lands End, you can still donate to Cancer Research here.


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