Cycling John O’Groats to Lands End

Windermere to Liverpool and the birds-eye of the storm

May 14, 2013

It was quite windy but at least the sun was shining as I set off from Windermere. Then just five minutes into the ride I got hit by a mini-hailstorm. Weird weather for May. Gradually the steep hills of the Lakes turned into the gently rolling hills of North Lancashire, and then once I got […]

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Dumfries to Windermere and thoughts on cycling earworms

May 11, 2013

It was a bright sunny crisp morning. Great weather for cycling and I made really good time following the river South from Dumfries and then West along the coast towards Gretna. For once I had the wind at my back and I was in Gretna by lunch, feeling fresh and strong. From there I hopped […]

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Ayr to Dumfries and tasting defeat in the Forest of Galloway

May 10, 2013

Having [literally] ridden my luck with the back wheel since Fort William, it was time to find a bike shop. I should have been making an early start with 107 miles to do, but it couldn’t be helped. I wasn’t sure if I’d still be able to do it, but I would try. The prognosis […]

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Tarbert to Ayr and the battle of Arran

May 8, 2013

I set off from Tarbert looking forward to the day. 15 mins into the ride it started raining and I put my waterproof jacket. Then as I left the A83 to cycle over to the other side of the Mull of Kintyre it unleashed itself fully. 25mph headwind and driving rain. I was reduced to […]

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Fort William to Tarbert with only one brake

May 7, 2013

When I got up to use the bathroom at 6am I couldn’t walk properly. It took me until 8am to get my limbs moving well enough to go downstairs for breakfast. Between my legs and the back wheel I was having serious doubts about my prospects for the day. The first 18 miles went pretty […]

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Ness to Nevis and my nemesis rears its head

May 7, 2013

Following the river westwards from Inverness I spotted the first signs of cheesi-ness. 10 miles of slightly hilly main road later I reached Dores where I left the main road to take to the old military road running alongside Loch Ness. After 19 miles the tired-ness began to kick in, so I deployed the first […]

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Cycling from John O’Groats to Inverness

May 6, 2013

The sun had been up for a few hours, but the thick layer of cloud was doing its best to hide it as I set out at 7.45am. It was already quite breezy, but thankfully nothing compared to the previous evening so I set about trying to get some miles under my belt. The route […]

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20 miles with a bloke called Tim, and a slight change of plan

May 4, 2013

I started spotting the tell tale signs of a slight southwesterly wind on the train north from Inverness. I met Tim on the platform at Inverness station as we were unloading our bikes from the Caledonian Sleeper. Like me he was catching the train to Wick and cycling up to John O’Groats to begin cycling […]

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Things you would rather not know about the Caledonian Sleeper to Inverness

May 3, 2013

I really, really wish Angus hadn’t told me what people use these for in the middle of the night. I suppose that’s what 1000 years of breeding does for you.

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Kitted out and ready to ride from John O’Groats to Lands End

May 3, 2013

With my [un] extensive training schedule complete, I’ve turned my attention to the bike itself this week. In addition to adjusting the brakes, lubricating the chain, fitting the mudguards and readjusting the panniers, I’m hoping a few well targeted improvements will make for a smoother journey. First item on the list was a new back […]

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