Denise cycles from Lands End to John o’Groats in aid of the MS Society

After months of training my epic ride across Britain is finally here.

Between the 9th and 18th of September 2017, I will be taking on Britain’s world famous long-distance cycle challenge. Riding 969 miles from the most south westerly point of Cornwall (Land’s End) to the most easterly tip of Scotland (John O’Groats) in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

What is MS?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system that affects more than 100,000 people in the UK. Symptoms usually start in your 20’s and 30’s and it affects almost three times as many women as men.

Once diagnosed, MS stays with you for life, but treatments and specialists can help patients to manage the condition and its symptoms. Experts don’t know the cause and they haven’t yet found a cure, but research is progressing fast. For more information please visit the MS Society web site.

My training

Since my training began in April I have:

  • ridden 1,943 miles
  • swallowed enough bugs not to class myself as a vegetarian any more
  • had my trusty bike stolen, which means I’ve spent the last few weeks getting use to a new saddle
  • become addicted to Soreen malt loaf
  • been lucky enough to have Yorkshire, God’s own county as my training ground
  • been struck down with a sickness bug 3 days before the big event.

My journey

My journey will take 9 gruelling days, cycling through 23 counties across England, Wales and Scotland in one unforgettable bucket list challenge. I will not be doing this journey alone, 795 fellow cyclists will be joining me, all with one aim, to raise money and awareness for different charities.

Even though our journey is going to be tough, the route will provide us with an amazing back drop of cliff tops, moorlands, hidden roads and soaring mountains.  Click on the image to see a larger version of the map.

Map of england

Day 1: Land’s End to Oakhampton (105.6 miles, ascent 8,232ft)

Day 2: Okehampton to Bath (10.4 miles, ascent 6,852ft)

Day 3: Bath to Ludlow (109.9 miles, ascent 5,948ft)

Day 4: Ludlow to Haydock (106.9 miles, ascent 3,133ft)

Day 5: Haydock to Penrith (107.6 miles, ascent 5,207ft)

Day 6: Penrith to Hamilton (100 miles, ascent 3,350ft)

Day 7: Hamilton to Fort William (126.3 miles, ascent 5,790ft)

Day 8: Fort William to Kyle of Sutherland (112.2, ascent 5,141ft)

Day 9: Kyle of Sutherland to John O’Groats (104.1 miles, ascent 4,541ft)

By day 3 we will have ridden 21,000ft, the equivalent of Everest base camp and by day 6, a staggering 32,722 ft., meaning we would have ridden higher than Everest itself at 29,029 ft. (but hopefully without the snow). I’m particularly looking forward to day 2 as the route takes me through my childhood home where my family will be cheering me on and topping up my snack pack with nuts and chocolate, and of course day 9, when I can hang up my helmet and have a well-deserved rest.

If you happen to be in the UK and find yourself on our route, please do give us a wave or a few words of encouragement, especially if you see us struggling up hills. I will be the one at the back!