LEJOG? Or as others may know it, Lands End to John O' Groats, JOGLE, whatever you want to call it! We've had a lot of custom made jerseys made specifically for those undertaking the challenging route, over the summer months - it's becoming such a hot spot for riders of all abilities! Located in the rugged tips of South-West England, lies the first leg of the route! Take a leisurely pedal, or give it yaldi on each route, but don't be fooled - it covers over 960 miles, of trail - total. Whatever you choose, do it in moderation, you don't want to burn out. Though there are no rules or restrictions, it is not for the faint hearted. On average it takes around 9 days to complete (around 100-130 miles a day) - I can feel my legs screaming as I type this! And it doesn't treat you well to begin with, as the steep climbs are immediate! The statutory route is usually as follows: Lands End to Okehampton, Okehampton to Bath, Bath to Ludlow, Ludlow to Haydock, (now you're halfway) - Haydock to Penrith, Penrith to Hamilton, Hamilton to Fort William, Fort William to Kyle of Sutherland and lastly, Kyle of Sutherland to John O'Groats! The further North you get, you better hope you packed tactically! As the towns get few and far between, the locals become ginger, intimidating and Scottish, and the weather is so unpredictable, you could experience all 4 seasons at their most extreme, in 30 minutes! You need to expect the unexpected, so lets talk bikepacking tips: 1. Weight a minute! How does your bike feel? Do your research and join forums, don't make things harder on yourself by lugging unnecessary weight up hill and around the country. You'll not enjoy it and it'll certainly become borderline impossible to complete your journey. 2. Midgies! The further North you get, the bigger and badder they get! So keep your sensitive bits in completely off limits! As mentioned previously, the weather will produce tropical results, so be prepared, don't layer up! Your cycle attire should be performance material. Take your skin so soft, tea lights and snoods! 3. Take your time. What's the rush? To be honest, with all the uphill you wont be going anywhere fast to begin with, but enjoy the views. embrace mother nature. You're likely to encounter some mechanical issues, which will cost you time. Don't let it deflate you're mood. 4. You're on a 'see food, eat food' diet! You need to keep both your energy and morale up. Mechanical bike issues aren't always avoidable, but body issues are. If you fail to eat every couple of hours - you're already starving without even knowing. Injuries will become more likely and although we suggest taking you're time, the ride will become a struggle rather than a leisurely pace. 5. Buy the best. Everyone's budgets and opinions of what does the job performance wise is different, but if you put the money in at the beginning of your trip, ensuring you have a sturdy tent, bike accessorises and clothing, you won't need to spend much at all throughout your journey. In this case, money does buy you happiness! If you're about to embark on a little expedition around LEJOG, or have already been, let us know! Send us a picture, or design you're own custom jersey to commemorate the journey! Here's some we made earlier :)
This summer, two school boys (Toby & Chandos, aged 13), are earning extra credit in school for this end of year Charity project. Please help these rad boys to meet their target of £3000 for three charities very close to each of their hearts. With £1415 by, they are 47% closer to reaching their target and have just shy of 3 days to achieve it! They look pretty swanky in their custom jerseys, don't they! We'd love to work with more charities to design their own cycle jersey and help raise way more awareness. Dear All I (Toby) am writing to let you know that as part of my end of school project and to celebrate finishing Common Entrance at the Pilgrim’s School both my friend Chandos and I are planning to ride from Winchester to Paris in three days. We will be starting at Winchester Cathedral on Friday 23rd June and aim to arrive at Notre Dame on the afternoon of Sunday 27th June, having also visited Rouen Cathedral on route. The route we are taking is approximately 305 km. In preparation for this challenge we have already cycled over 105kms on a Wiggle race in the New Forest on Sat 8th April. We are hoping to raise a total of £3000 for three charities which are:- Allegra’s Ambition, Cancer Research UK and Bhubesi Pride. Allegra’s Ambition is a charity aiming to help young people through participation in sport and outdoor activities to develop similar positive behaviours and values to enhance their lives – and be happier people, like Allegra. A second ambition of Allegra’s charity is for young people to become involved in building the charity with their own ideas and challenges. Our vision of Allegra’s Ambition is clear – but there are many ways of achieving it. Allegra was always proactive and she had great ideas. If it was fun, if it was a challenge, if it was inclusive, if the goal was worthwhile – then Allegra wanted to do it. Cancer has affected us and many other people in the world. We have had two cases of this. First, my mum is luckily doing fine after her encounter with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. However, my god mother, Alison Denley, died recently due to breast cancer which was heart breaking. Of course, these events are happening every day and action is needed. The third charity Chandos and I are looking to raise money for is the Bhubesi Pride Foundation, a charity that Chandos’ father supported last year when he went out to Kenya to coach rugby for 2 weeks. The foundation assembles teams of committed volunteers to carry out annual rugby coaching expeditions, using sport as a tool for education. They work with schools and communities in east and southern Africa, children unite through sport, local staff are empowered and meaningful partnerships are developed to ensure sustainable impact for the long-term. If you would like to support us I have set a My Donate page. Alternatively, I know some people prefer to give charity cheques and these can be made out to Allegra’s Ambitions, Cancer Research UK and Bhubesi Pride.Read more...