What is the ultimate cycling challenge in the UK? The answer is cycling from the south west corner of England to the northeast corner of Scotland, from Land’s End in Cornwall to John o’Groats in Caithness. This is a journey that has become so legendary it even has its own name – LEJOG!
In June 2018, a group of middle aged bums will set out on their bikes to do this. Their aim, to prove to themselves that they can do it, to tick something off on their mythical bucket list, to lose a few kilos and to raise over £150,000 for Bowel & Cancer Research.
One of the ‘bums’ had bowel cancer in 2008. He had been thinking that: he might do, could do or even should do this ride to mark ten years since being diagnosed. Whilst he was prevaricating another ‘bum’ said that he would sponsor him and yet another ‘bum’ said he would accompany him. Before we knew it, we had a group of bums on bikes.
The straight-line distance from Land’s End to John o’Groats is 603 miles but this would involve going over the Irish Sea! The traditional distance by road is 874 miles. ‘However, the bums route is going to avoid major roads whenever possible. In total, they will be cycling around 1,000 miles over 12 days, an average of 83 miles per day.
More to the point they will be climbing nearly 55,000 ft. That is roughly the equivalent or cycling up Mount Everest – twice! On the first day alone they will climb 2,450m, by comparison Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the UK is 1,344m high.
Please support the Bums on Bikes in whichever way you can. The ambition is to raise £150,000 to fund vital and important research into Bowel related conditions. To keep updated with their progress please follow them on social media.
Day by Day details of our ride
|Day||Date||Start and Finish||Miles||ft climbed||m climbed|
|Day 1||10/06/2018||Land’s End to Tavistock||94||7,709||2,350|
|Day 2||11/06/2018||Tavistock to Taunton||72||5,016||1,530|
|Day 3||12/06/2018||Taunton to Speech House||97||6,023||1,836|
|Day 4||13/06/2018||Speech House to Wem||94||4,606||1,738|
|Day 5||14/06/2018||Wem to Barton||90||2,027||618|
|Day 6||15/06/2018||Barton to Bowness-on-Windermere||55||3,494||1,065|
|Day 7||16/06/2018||Bowness-on-Windermere to Moffat||88||4,280||1,304|
|Day 8||17/06/2018||Moffat to Drymen||88||4,422||1,348|
|Day 9||18/06/2018||Drymen to Pitlochry||84||5,488||1,673|
|Day 10||19/06/2018||Pitlochry to Inverness||94||3,950||1,202|
|Day 11||20/06/2018||Inverness to Tongue||92||4,799||1,463|
|Day 12||21/06/2018||Tongue to John O’Groats||56||3,910||1,190|