Thursday, 24 September 2015

There and back electric car

Jonathan Porterfield, from Orkney, and Chris Ramsey, who lives in Aberdeen arrived back in John O'Groats on Thursday 23rd September after completing an epic double end to end in a claimed record time.

The pair were attempting to traverse the length of the country, twice, in under 48 hours, using only the existing public rapid charge infrastructure.  Sadly they missed this target with the first leg, from John O'Groats to Lands End, being completed in 28 hours and 38 minutes and the return in 27 hours and 46 minutes. 

It is believed that the quicker of these two times is still a record and the duo have duly submitted an application to Guinness World Records.

Well done lads but gets some balls and try it by bike next time.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

The bare facts of end to end

If you think the idea of cycling from Land's End to John O' Groats is daunting then how about running the distance.  

Not tough enough for you?

Okay, how about doing it bare foot?

That is exactly what Aleks Kashefi, 37, from Buxton, Derbyshire has achieved, completing the journey on 3rd September.

Mr Kashefi, who only took up running three years ago, decided to run bare foot, "To add a bit of interest and to make it more of a challenge."

As much of the route as possible was run off road, which you would have thought would make the distance shorter, being able to cut across country but Mr Kashefi covered a total of 1,160-miles on the route he took, a chunk more than the average cycle route of about 900-950 miles.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Scooting from end to end

I thought it was tough cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats but Russell Smith from London completed the trip in August on a scooter.  No, not one of those with an engine, a real scoot along one.

Russell completed his 975 mile route (with over 14,000 metres of vertical ascent) in 21 days, averaging a little over 46 miles a day and believes he has set two world records, one for the longest distance travelled on a 16 inch wheel scooter and one for the longest distance in 24 hours.  

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Iconic Climb on A9 Due to Change

The steep hairpin climb at Berriedale Braes on the A9 is the last really major effort that those heading north have to face before John O'Groats.  Its hairpin bend and then relentless slog up past the cemetery will be indelibly burnt into the memory of anyone who has completed the route.  But it looks like that might all change.

It appears that the hairpin bend causes more problems for trucks than cyclists and a new route has been proposed.  You will note that the new route (see below) is slightly longer but consequently might help to take the sting out of the climb.

When the changes will take place is unclear and the local authority has been accused of dragging its heels over the plan.  

Incidentally, when I last cycled through in 2014 there were traffic lights before the hairpin, which were a complete pain.

Worried About Where to Sleep?

Why not take your bed with you?

Rosie-Mai Iredale is pushing her bed from John O'Groats to Lands End, sleeping in it at night at camp sites and in people's gardens.

Dressed in pyjamas and a dressing gown, she started her challenge in late May and hopes to complete it by the end of August.  I just hope she has a rain cover.

How to Be A Road Biker

I recently received an email from a dedicated mountain biker that reminded me that not everyone who is thinking of cycling end to end is a committed road cyclist but that they might need to learn to become one to complete the tour.

This is not necessarily true.  Many have completed the ride on a mountain bike and it would certainly be more comfortable on the off road sections of my own route.

On the whole though, the ride would be easier on a road bike.  So below is a quick video, suggested by my correspondent, as a good introduction to road cycling (it is sooo true):

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Photo Update

My last few posts have now been updated with photographs :)