The Big Bike Ride 2011

Day Ten – John O Groats!

We’ve finished! It’s done. What a brilliant journey. Wonderful team, excellent bike and loads of support… Thank you everyone. The best part about getting to John O groats – my mum was there waiting for me! More soon… just need to get some sleep now!

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Day Nine

There’s nothing like a good nights sleep and waking up to clear skies to make happy bikers. We left Nairn campsite early and were soon crossing the Keswick bridge – smaller than all the other bridges but still, as bridges go, it was ok… We cycled along the waters edge for a while which was […]

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Day Eight

We were up earlier than normal this morning and on the road by 7.15am. Within meters we came across this huge Scottish monster… We knew today would be hard, we had to ride up and over the Scottish ski fields, Glen Shee and Leich. We rode across the Cain Gorms and into the high lands. […]

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Day Seven

Amazingly my ankles are feeling much better and today we cycled the Kingdom! We left Peebles slightly later than scheduled and made our way towards the city of Edinburgh. The weather was fine, no rain and a trailing wind behind us. We made our way through the traffic and dodgy road conditions to find our […]

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Day Six – I’ve found my achilles heel…

… Literally! It seems that my ankles have really taken offence at turning my bike pedals non stop for the last 6 days. First my left ankle, now my right. However, with Matt’s fantastic strapping it all seems manageable .. at the moment. Anyway, we’re in Scotland!! We have cycled the length of England and […]

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Day Five – Half Way

After such a great meal, excellent company and fantastic lodgings last night we were all feeling pretty hot to trot this morning. How things can change during a single day… The first 40miles went well, the weather was good and riding up around Blackburn and into Lancashire were right gorgeous I tell thee! Then we […]

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Day One – Done!

I’m tired! We did 108miles today. There was a fair few hills, a few wrong turns and the weather pretty much went in continuous cycles of sun, wind, rain… sun, wind, rain… sun, wind, rain… It was perfect really, every time we got wet wet we always had a blow dry afterwards. I managed to […]

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Ready to go…

It was February when I mentioned I’d be interested in cycling from Lands End to John O Groats. I then had another conversation in June which went something like, “I think I can get myself bike fit in three months, can I join the team?!” And now; three months, lots of lycra, protein shakes, a […]

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Snazzy new bike and training complete!

It’s been a month since I last blogged and in that time I’ve done some serious road miles and have upgraded from my old faithful bike to an all singing, all dancing Scott Team CR1 road bike! For all those concerned after seeing the photograph of me with my mountain bike, fear not, that was […]

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Le Petite Tour De France!

So often I find myself agreeing to do things or being 100% up for trying something before I’ve really thought it through.  Last week a friend of mine, Mark, asked if I was interested in doing a bit of a bike tour.  Sounded brilliant!  It would involve the Col D L’iseron (the highest Col in […]

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