More about the ride
Land’s End and John o’Groats are the traditional end points of the ultimate British long distance journey: between the extreme south-western and north-eastern points of mainland Great Britain. Every year several thousand people make the journey, most of them raising money for charity. There are walkers, cyclists, runners, skateboarders and even a pensioner who did the entire route in 2008 using a free bus pass.
Most “end-to-enders” take the south to north route (Land’s End to John o’Groats, or LEJOG), taking advantage of prevailing south-westerly winds. We are taking the north to south (JOGLE) route, hoping that we’ll be lucky with the winds and that the map-induced illusion of going “downhill” will act as a psychological spur.
The shortest route for the ride is 862 miles, but as we have no intention of either cycling on motorways or challenging the record time of under two days (no, really), the more scenic route we are taking is about 950 miles. Once a few diversions and missed turns are taken into account, we’ll probably break the 1,000 mile barrier.
We plan to do the ride in 11 days, so that means an average of about 90 miles a day. Worryingly, the total ascent on the route we are taking is about 15,000 metres or, put another way, over one and a half times the height of Everest!
For two guys of 45 who were out of shape before starting to prepare for the ride, it will be a real challenge. Andy has done most of the ride before, but it was 25 years and several stone ago so can't be viewed as a guide to recent form. Still, we are confident that the excellent cause we are raising money for will inspire us to reach the finishing post.
You can see the details of our route if you follow this link.