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Being videoed for a new LEJOG DVD

Cycling LEJOG

In 2003 I, along with 3 friends, cycled LEJOG, Lands End to John O’Groats, one end of the British mainland to the other over a distance of 1066 miles for our particular route. A fabulous journey I would recommend anybody to do. So I was surprised and flattered to be asked 9 years later to be interviewed and filmed for a new DVD to be produced about LEJOG and the route we used.

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The Adventure Eyes Monster Ride is Coming Through!

On New Year’s Day 2011, Sian Belfield, Emily Morissey and Kate Ryley decided this was the year for a challenge. What started as a slightly hungover New Year’s pact has quickly evolved into a big event with increasing momentum. Now the three ladies are about to embark on the ride of their summer, from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Cycling over 900miles and up to 90miles a day, they will be pushing themselves to the limit for Mountain Rescue England and Wales.

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The novelty of being interviewed

Gareth Roulston and 4 friends are cycling the Great British End-to-End, or as it’s also known, LEJOG (Lands End to John O’Groats) in April 2010. You may have heard about this particular challenge when David Walliams, Davina and Co completed the challenge for Sport Relief last year, although they did it as a relay rather than cycling the complete journey. Gareth and his team will all be cycling every metre of the 1000 Miles over 10 days and raising funds for Cancer Research UK and the Scleroderma Society in the process. So why am I telling you this?

Lands End to John O'Groats. Finished!

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Who in their right mind would cycle 75,000 Miles in 1 year? Well Tommy Godwin did in 1939

Since posting the article below, I have found Dave Barter and I recommend having a read of his blog. Plenty of great cycling reading.

Dave’s blog. http://www.phased.co.uk/  Furthermore Dave has recently come into possession of Tommy’s bike and you can read about how he did, and see a picture of the bike on Dave’s blog post.

In a diversion from my normal blog ramblings, I thought I would share the following article with you that was brought to my attention by John Speedie. Written by Dave Barter for the June 2005 issue of the CTC Magazine “Cycle”, it tells the story of Tommy Godwin, a professional cyclist who cycled more than 75,000 miles in 1939! An incredible feat that remains a record to this day, and unlikely ever to be repeated. I felt that Tommy’s record deserved to be shared with a wider audience so I have reproduced Dave’s original article below.  I wonder if the idea for this record attempt came to fruition over a pint or two of London Pride?

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Put me back on my bike

Four go cycling in the Alpes

In 2003, Keith, Mark and I cycled Lands End to John O’Groats (LEJOG). It was a fantastic experience and one we all really enjoyed. At the finish – beer involved probably – we talked about what we would like to do as a new challenge and tackling some of the classic Tour De France climbs you see those lycra clad nutters cycle over every July came up in conversation. This year is Keith’s 50th birthday so what better excuse do we need to put the talk into action.

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LEJOG – Postscript

In memory

In 2001 I lost both my father Maurice Pewsey and Mother-in-Law Margaret Weilding to Cancer. This website and the money raised from the trip in aid of MacMillan Cancer Relief is dedicated to their memory.

Maurice Pewsey

1922 – 2001

Margaret Weilding (nee Jones)

1932 – 2001

Would I do it again?

Yes, or something similar. We all enjoyed the trip – and each other’s company – so much that we are keen to do another. Perhaps something in France taking in a few classic Tour de France mountain stages just to see what they are like. (Since writing this we have done many more trips including a trip to the Alps climbing Galibier, Alpe D’Huez and the mighty Ventoux. Superb!)

Would I recommend it?

Definitely!!

Highlights

We all enjoyed the route and wouldn’t really change much of it in hindsight. Particular highlights though were the mountain route to Tongue, as well as our route through Cornwall and the West Coast of Scotland via Arran.

Lowlights

Bridgewater, Avonmouth, and the A82 through the Great Glen. The route we ended up doing out of Dumfries I also wouldn’t advise as very busy with traffic.

What would I miss the least now that we’d finished?

Tight fitting hot and steamy lycra shorts, anything pasta and Tracker chocolate bars.

Kit

Key to enjoyment to the whole trip was travelling light meaning we didn’t have to carry lots of weight up the hills. We kept everything so much to a minimum that their really wasn’t anything we didn’t use. Most (not all) YHA’s have washing machines these days so with the combination of modern quick drying cycle clothing, we only had 2 sets of cycle clothing to alternate each day, a pair of normal shorts for the evening, a lightweight fleece jumper and ronhills for cold weather, and a waterproof reflective cycle jacket for wet weather. I also had a pair of nylon waterproof overshoes to keep my feet dry.

The cycling leg and arm warmers available today are definitely worth an investment along with a windstopping gilet which keeps you warm without over heating. These items alone offer many combinations and give you loads of flexibility.

 

LEJOG – Accommodation

Accommodation

Finding Accommodation

beds for cyclists advertisementThere are many businesses and individuals who offer accommodation options that could be useful to you whilst cycling the End2End. The options range from campsites,  Independent hostels, YHA and SYHA hostels, B&B’s, hotel’s and so on. What’s available to you will depend on how rural your route is and how many of you there are. I have had recommendations from individuals which I’ve listed to get you started, failing that it’s a case of trawling the Internet.

Below I have given some links to sites that may help you in locating accommodation that best suits your needs.

  • Beds for cyclists:                                                                   http://bedsforcyclists.co.uk
  • Hostels & Budget Accommodation Booking Service:    Hostels and Budget Accommodation Worldwide
  • Youth Hostel Association:                                                   www.yha.org.uk/
  • Scottish Youth Hostel Association:                                   www.syha.org.uk/
  • AirBnB                                                                                    www.airbnb.com
  • Booking.com                                                                          www.booking.com
  • Bed and Breakfast Accommodation:                                www.bedandbreakfasts-uk.co.uk/
  • Campsites:                                                                             www.ukcampsite.co.uk
  • Tripadvisor:                                                                            www.tripadvisor.co.uk/
  • PremierInn:                                                                             www.premierinn.com/
  • Bed & Fed                                                                               www.bedandfed.co.uk
  • Travelodge:                                                                             www.travelodge.co.uk