Cycling Goals 2017

There is only one cycle ride that matters this year, it starts on Sunday 30th July in London and over the period of 116hours and 40minutes goes 700km north to Edingburgh and then 700km back to the start in London, everything else is just a warm up / training for this one event.    lel2017_route

London-Edinburgh-London (LEL2017) , the 8th edition of this event, is run under the Audax UK flag and is held once every four years and is a noncompetitive endurance cycling event. LEL2017 is the largest yet with 1500 entrants from 55 different countries. There is a time limit of 116 hours and 40 minutes which includes all food and sleep stops. The food and sleeping facilities are arranged at a number of mandatory “Controls” along the route, an advisory route which navigates through the “Controls” is provided and generally followed by the vast majority of entrants. The controls are at St Ives, Spalding, Louth, Pocklington, Thirsk, Barnard Castle, Brampton, Moffat, Edinburgh, Innerleithen, Eskdalemuir, Brampton, Barnard Castle, Thirsk, Pocklington, Louth, Spalding, St Ives and Great Easton.

LEL has been described as a contender for hardest cycling event in the United kingdom, however it is most certainly a tough sleep deprived ride known to make (one or two) grown men cry, hallucinate (are thise sheep or white lines on the road?) and wonder why on earth did I think this was a good idea. The elevation is, apparently, not too bad with only one major hill, though you do climb it going north and then on the return leg as well. The north bound elevation profile is shown below, Southbound retraces much the same route.

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All I need to do now is a bit of training, set my bike up, get to the start line fit & well and I am good to go. BUT i’ll cover those another day 🙂

Tear Fund Tour of Scotland 2015

Being a keen recreational cyclist and wanting to do something more that just cycle for fun, I have signed up for the 2015 Tear Fund Tour of Scotland to raise money for Tearfunds Children at Risk project. This is a hilly 500 mile / 7 day cycle ride in June 2015, starting in Inverness, up to Ullapool and then working down the west coast to Glasgow. The full route can be found here.

The reason for this is that over 8.4 million children are in slavery and we must do everything in our power to stop this horror. Which is why Tearfund want to protect 50,000 children vulnerable to trafficking, disease and disaster.
Trafficking is the fastest growing crime in the world, ravaging the lives of 1.2 million children across the world every year. Tearfund’s staff and partners are doing all they can to protect children like Nang from trafficking.

I have pledged to raise a minimum of £500 for this cause, please consider sponsoring me using my JustGiving page.

Thanks for your support

Andrew