Preparation | Cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End

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Just four days to go until the big cycle trip and my thoughts have turned to preparation.

If only my pedals had been turning to it a bit more too.

I’ve only managed to squeeze in a handful of training rides since the weather improved, but I resolved to do at least one long training ride before the trip.

I set off at 9am on Sunday morning to clear blue skies and glorious sunshine, heading down the canal towards east London and Limehouse Basin, a favourite Sunday morning ride. Instead of making the return journey, from there I headed north up the River Lee on the Lee Valley Way, past the Olympic Stadium and out into Hertfordshire.

After two hours I reached the Old Mill Cafe at Broxbourne, having been reminded of some facts of cycling.

Pollen in my nose, reminding me I need to take hayfever medication, and insects in my eyes (and mouth) reminding me I should have worn my sunglasses.

On the plus side it was time for an ice-cream.

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I continued as far as Hertford, before leaving the canal to join the Cole Green Way, a cycle route that follows an old railway line to Welwyn Garden City.

The entire route was about 60-65 miles, and largely flat until after Hertford where the hills really sapped my energy. I’ll be aiming to complete about 120 miles on the first day of my ride, so I could have done with a few more of these in preparation.

I leave for Scotland on Friday evening.

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Index

Preparation

Kitted out and ready to ride

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

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

Day 1 – John O’Groats to Inverness

Day 2 – Ness to Nevis and my nemesis rears its head

Day 3 – Fort William to Tarbert with only one brake

Day 4 – Tarbert to Ayr and the battle of Arran

Day 5 – Ayr to Dumfries and tasting defeat in the Forest of Galloway

Day 6 – Dumfries to Windermere and thoughts on cycling earworms

Day 7 – Windermere to Liverpool and the birds-eye of the storm

Day 8 – Liverpool to Shrewsbury and the ferry across the Mersey

Day 9 – Shrewsbury to Gloucester with sun, showers and an injured Armadillo

Day 10 – Gloucester to Bristol and the day I spoke to soon

Day 11 – Bristol to Bath, a day of disused railway lines

Day 12 – Bath to Tiverton and the breakfast hostage

Day 13 – Tiverton to Lostwithiel and fatigue causes forgetfulness

Day 14 – Lostwithiel to Penzance, and the mining trail

Day 15 – Penzance to Lands End (and back again)

Learning to walk again

Ideas for cycling end to end, with the benefit of hindsight

Kit List

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