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  • Thursday 8th September 2016

Tomorrow, RBW's Beth will be heading down to Land's End to begin her Ride Across Britain Journey.

She will set off early on Saturday morning to commence the 9 day, almost 1000-mile cycle to John O' Groats.

She will be raising money for two causes close to her heart: Stroke Association and British Heart Foundation.

Read on to see how her final preparations are coming together...

If you would like to sponsor her, please visit her Justgiving Page.

 

 Bikes enjoying a well earned rest at Swansea Bay, whilst we have a coffee!

 

Hi everyone! With less than a day to go before I head to Land's End to start the biggest challenge of my life, I thought I'd share with you how the last minute prep is going and give you a little bit of an insight into what lies ahead...

I, along with my cycling buddy Sacha, will be riding 969 miles from southerly point of mainland Britain at Land's End, Cornwall to its most northerly point, John O'Groats in Scotland. This epic journey is broken into 9 daily stages averaging around 108 miles a day.There are lots of hills to contend with- we will be climbing in excess of 15,000m over the 9 days. To give you an idea of how much climbing that is, it is about 13 times up the Alpe D'Huez or almost twice the height of Everest! We must be mad! I am hoping to raise money two of my favourite charities, British Heart Foundation and Stroke Association. Sacha is also raising money for 2 Wish Upon a Star and Believe, another two fantastic charities.

If you are interested take a look at The Route.

 

Gosh this looks really rather long...

 

I have been training steadily all summer, with my partner Stuart helping me out hugely especially with going out and doing the longer 100 mile rides, but also in getting some practice in at doing consectuive long rides. Getting on that bike day after day after day is going to be tough! I think I have packed roughly a gallon of chamois cream! Better safe than sorry!!

There have been ups and downs to the training lately. We have been though some horrible weather whilst out on training, one ride we were rained on for about 6 hours solid, it was truly grim. But as soon as the sun comes out, you forget all that! I've also managed to take a tumble off my bike, skidding on a cattle grid and landing down hard on the tarmac. Luckily there was no lasting damage just road rash to my arms and legs and a giant bruise on my thigh! It was bound to happen at some point!

 Ouch...

Here's some pictures of a more enjoyable spin we did in Brecon, stunning scenery...I think this is what will keep me going  on the hard days...

 

 Sometimes it is sunny in Wales!

Local club Pontyclun Flyers have helped me out with training too, inviting me to join them on one of their long Sunday club rides down to the Mumbles, lovely to have their support- thanks guys!

 Pontyclun Flyers take me under their wing for a day.

Preparation isn't all about physcial training, it is also about being mechanically aware. I have been busy preparing my bike for the adventure ahead, making sure it is clean and sparkly and practicing mending punctures, always a handy skill on the road.

My trusty bike has also gone in for a service with Mike at Ride Bikes Wales and is now running like a dream...

Evidence that I do actually clean my bike...

 

Puncture practice!

I have seemingly unending lists upon lists of things to do, pack and prepare before the big day! I have just been working through them and trying to keep a cool head with the nerves that are setting in.

The thought of seeing our beautiful country first hand by bike and of all the sponsrship money raised for such special causes is keeping me going. I am well over half way to my fundraising target now. If you think you can spare a couple of pounds, please visit my Justgiving Page.

I don't know if I will have chance to blog as I go along, I imagine there is not a lot of spare time! I will try to keep our Facebook Page updated as often as I can with photos and I can't wait to share the experience with you when I get back!

Thanks everyone who has sponsored us so far and wished us luck for the journey- it is hugely appreciated! Off we go!!

 Thanks from the bottom of our hearts, Beth and Sach!