Land’s End to John O’Groats is one of the world’s finest cycle challenges.The route will cover about 960 miles in just 9 days. It will take in the most beautiful parts of the UK from barren moorlands and majestic highlands to lush green valleys, winding back lanes and stunning coastal roads.
Not that we expect the riders will always appreciate the scenery – given that over the 9 days they’ll be climbing nearly 15,000 feet – that’s equivalent to 13 times up Alpe d’Huez.
Tim will be accompanied by 7 fellow mountain-bikers, all riding in aid of Cancer Research – a cause close to all of their hearts. Tim was diagnosed with tongue cancer last year but thanks to an operation he is now on the mend. On Tuesday night we called Tim in John O’Groats to ask about what was making him most nervous – “It’s got to be the distance – no one has ever ridden more than 100 miles at a stretch and for the next 9 days we’re going to putting in 100 – 110 miles a day, every day. “
Luckily support will be at hand in the form of Karen Tim’s partner in Podium Catering (and life!) who’ll be cooking up a storm – if anything can get these guys through a couple of extra miles it’s going to be Karen’s famous Brownies and Flapjacks – hey it’s always worked for us! There’ll also be Lauren from Cool Bus driving the all important support vehicle.
Four of the lads are Shrophire based so there’ll be a bit of a shindig at the Trailhead bike shop on day 6 of the ride into Shrewsbury (May 13th). There’s more details on Tim’s blog at http://endtoendchallenge.wordpress.com/ But there’ll definitely be a Barbie and a signed jersey from Rachel’s World Cup Winning 2012 DH season, up for auction.
The guys have already completed their first day in the saddle so join us to wish them all the best and if you get chance go onto http://www.justgiving.com/etoechallenge to send them a donation.
One last thought, there is no leeway in this ride. Tim’s friend and co-rider Matt Lake is getting married in Cornwall on Saturday – so if the guys aren’t there to meet the Thursday night schedule… we dread to think what might happen!