Day 2: 3 Peaks Bike Tour

Elmsthorpe – Loggerheads 65 miles 2,400 feet climbed We started nice and early on an overcast morning, cycling on quiet b-roads for the first 15 miles. Both of our legs had recovered but every time we hit a hill yesterday’s aches and pains would return to plague us. Somewhere short of Rugeley we stopped and…

Day 1: 3 Peaks Bike Tour

Huntingdon to Elmsthorpe 65 miles 2,300ft climbed Cycled well in muggy heat by fields of Rapeseed until the landscape began to rise and fall. The day dragged a little as we kept pedalling up to hills with views across Northamptonshire. Pylons fell away to the horizon, roads connected quaint villages, their church spires rising above…

The last comfortable night. 

Tomorrow is the start of many unknowns. We’re hitting the road tomorrow morning at around 8am, stopping somewhere for the night somewhere around Elmesthorpe in Northamptonshire. All the bags are packed, the bikes are loaded and waiting patiently in the shed, unknowing of what they’ll be facing over the coming weeks. Although we’re not religious…

3 PEAKS CYCLE TOUR: A final word before we set off

Our 820 mile cycle tour is less than 2 weeks away now and a lot has happened in the passing months. We have: Raised money for MIND in Cambridge online Held a fundraising event Upgraded our bikes Picked up essential accessories/essentials Spread the word through local outlets and companies Created a Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter…

Probably time to do some training…

It’s now only 2 months(ish) until we leave on our journey to conquer the three peaks, and about time we do a little training, to get used to being in the saddle for long hours every day. Unfortunately for us we chose a pretty horrendously windy day for our first proper training ride of the…

Three Peaks Challenge by Bike Announcement (In Aid of Cambridgeshire Mind Charity)

Three Peaks Challenge By Bike Donate here: https://www.justgiving.com/threepeaksbicycle This May myself and Joe will be attempting the Three Peaks Challenge. We’re going at this in a slightly different way that the traditional Three Peaks Challenge though and cycling from mountain to mountain. This makes the total journey around 650 miles, plus the trekking up around each mountain….

Invictus: Ride to Cockayne Hatley

Originally posted on May Your Shadow Lengthen:
I had been reading up on local history, not just Cambridgeshire but neighbouring counties too. After stumbling across a few interesting stories I discovered that the poet William Henley had his ashes interred in the grounds of a quaint church located near ancient Potton Wood in Bedfordshire. After…

Jaunt to Ivinghoe Beacon

Huntingdon to Ivinghoe 100ish Miles – 8th / 9th February 2015 It’s been a little while since we’d done any riding of substantial distances with weight on the bikes, since we’d been to Wales almost 5 months back if we’re honest (We will finish the blog series on that soon, promise). So, we decided we’d…

Wales: Day Five

The hostel was a good nights rest, we’d eaten well, showered again, and slept in beds – the first time since leaving. We went downstairs in order to checkout by 9:30am and loaded up the bikes. Upon leaving we bumped into the three men from the night before and exchanged a few more words with them…

Wales: Day Four

We woke up bright and early at our campsite in Peterschurch, after our most relaxing and laid back night of the tour so far. After a good nights sleep we we’re raring to get going to Wales, we were close the border now. After packing up all our belongings and loading up the bikes once…

Wales: Day Three

1st October 2014 Pershore to Peterschurch Joe’s perspective We woke in the morning to a monotonous sky that merged with the meadow’s hanging-mist. Car lights could be made out on the main road and, judging by faint tracks trodden into the meadow, it would be possible to cut diagonally across to the opposite side and…

Wales: Day Two

30th September 2014 Sulgrave to Pershore Adam’s perspective We awoke on our second day of the trip in the corner of a small, muddy field we camped in the night before, in the village of Sulgrave. We hadn’t packed much food for our second day, thinking we could easily grab our meals on the go,…