There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that my ride from New York to San Francisco will be done on my trusty Specialised Tricross. I originally bought this bike from Certini’s in Saltash back in 2006 before I first cycled LEJOG and since then it’s carried me on 2500 miles and £10,000 of … More The Bike (part 1)
A few weeks ago I asked Facebook friends to let me know who they knew in America. As you might know my plan is to essentially do a speaking tour on bicycle – visiting community groups to talk about my journey, both physical and mental. Whilst I’m hoping my talk will be engaging and I’ll … More Discovering America
So today I ran my first 10k. It’s been about 6 months since I did my first training run (which was a 5k park run so dire I took a 2 month break). I had to talk about half of the distance, and probably wouldn’t have finished if I wasn’t accompanied by my champion cousin … More The first 10,000 metres
I’m not a great cyclist – I’ve done some long distance cycling in the past but in between charity adventures my bike tends to spend a lot more time in the garage than it does on the road. So, naturally, in the balmy summer of 2014 I jumped on my bike and cycled solo over … More LEJOG part 1: Lands End to Shrewsbury
Ok, so this is it. With only 5 days before jumping on my bicycle this is the last pre-ride update. Life is currently extremely busy, to the point of serious stress. In 2 days I will be leaving my current job and my current house on the same day (and after 4 years, there is … More 5 days to go!
With 3 weeks to go before day 1 of the bike ride everything is beginning more and more real. Long considered logistics are now becoming reality, and if I’m honest it’s all a tad scary. Here are some of my worries, and a few desperate pleas for help. (There is also some elation at having … More HELP!!! (3 weeks to go!)
Time cracks on! With less than 2 months to go various odds and sods are coming together – although I could still do with a bit more training… Logistics wise I’ve finally planned a route, setting out the key waypoints and overnight stops, including where I am still in need of accommodation – to keep … More Less than 2 months to go!
As July 7th gets closer and closer, I thought I’d get a bit more info about all the little things I’m working on and thinking about before my 1000 mile bike ride. First up – a few concerns I’ve had about safety and cycling (after reading this article about why cyclists don’t always hug the … More The dangers of cycling
So, with exactly 3 months to go until I power myself around the UK everything is starting to get a bit real. Training has started (and stopped, and started, and stopped), fundraising has begun in earnest, and logistics… Well, they exist. Let’s start with the fundraising. Since my first blog post I’ve raised nearly £2000 … More 3 months to go!