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  • Saturday 6th February 2016

 

 

Beth at Ride Bikes Wales has decided this week to take on the biggest cycling challenge of her life- riding the length of the country following the famous Lands End to John O Groats route this September.  

With 969 Miles and 15,000m of climbing to cover in just 9 days, a challenge it certainly is! And all in aid of some very special causes.

Read on and follow the first steps of her training journey here..

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This week, I've taken on the decision (bravely or foolishly? I'm not quite sure yet!)  to ride from Land's End to John O Groats in September.

Affectionately known as 'LEJOG', it is probably one of the best known end-to-end cycling routes the world over and is the dream of many aspiring road bikers and adventurers in the UK and beyond.

Luckily I'm not the only brave/foolish one, I will be joined by two equally mad girlfriends and 400 other partipicants taking part in the Deloitte 'Ride Across Britain' challenge this September. The challenge consists of 969 miles broken in to 9 daily stages averaging  around 108 miles a day. Riders climb around 15,000m over the 9 days. That is, apparantly, around 13 times up Alpe d’Huez or almost twice the height of Everest! Take a look at our route here.

Why are we doing this you may ask?! Well, as well as being a great personal challenge we will also be raising money and awareness for some great charitable causes. 

I will be raising money for two charities very close to my heart, The Stroke Association (https://www.stroke.org.uk/) and British Heart Foundation (https://www.bhf.org.uk/), and will be setting up my Just Giving page soon..stay tuned.

The girls will also be raising funds for 'Believe', a charity in the process of being set up which will support organ donors and their families. (http://www.believe-ods.org.uk/)

 

We've already started our training in this lovely Welsh winter weather (!) on our mountain bikes.

 

 

I've been working hard putting in extra miles on the turbo trainer in the early mornings before work when it's really too wet and dark. This way I hope to build up a good level of base fitness ready for the proper longer road training rides starting in the Spring. I've been follwing the TrainerRoad base program and training to power on my Tacx smart trainer which provides  me with lots of useful and interesting information- a bit better than staring at a brick wall for hours!

It's a bit of a slog but with hard work and dedication early on in the year I know we will get there!

Beth :-)