On Your Bike!
Riccall Regen's Chair, Steve Noble, and his twin brother have cycled from Land's End to John O Groats for charity. Read his blog below. Well done to you both.
STEVE’S LEJOG CHALLENGE 2018.
On Monday the 13th May my brother and I completed our goal of cycling from Land’s End to John O Groats. This was probably one of the hardest and most rewarding challenges we have taken on together. I would like to thank all of you for your kind donations in aid of National Children’s Homes. In total I have raised over £800 for this worthy cause. I know initially I was only doing this as something I needed to tick off my “bucket list”, but it spurred me on every day knowing that our efforts were worth more than just self-pride.
As for the ride itself, below are a few facts to put the achievement into context:
Miles Ridden: 1028.5
Hours in saddle: 87 hours and 58 minutes.
Height climbed: 61,450 feet. The equivalent of climbing Everest twice or Yorkshire three peaks 9 times.
Number of punctures: My brother wins with 5, only 2 for me.
Best bits: Coming down the decent to John O Groats with the Orkneys in the distance.
Worst bits: Looking at the number of miles covered by lunch and realising that there were still another 80 miles to get finished for the day and the whole day through Cornwall due to number of steep hills.
Overall I enjoyed almost every minute of the journey, obviously there were times when it was hard, cold and wet but these were far outweighed by the enjoyment and satisfaction of seeing most of the UK in the best way possible. We were very lucky with the weather, which made it easier. Even Scotland did not let us down in the weather stakes.
My brother and I did not fall out; however we both fell out with Doris (the name we gave to our GPS) for taking us on numerous detours up steep hills.
Once again, thanks for all of your support and interest. It was great that so many followed our progress on Strava and made comments, they really were appreciated.
The legs and the backside have almost recovered.