LEJOG Cycle Tour - Day 0 - Getting to Land End
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Join Will & Jon for a fortnight of cycling LEJOG, a cycle tour of the UK from Lands End to John O’Groats. The whole route will take 14 days (plus 2 days travelling) covering 1000 miles so join for as much or as little as you can face! The trip is organised as day events, allowing you to sign up to whatever days you fancy, booking your own transport and accommodation according to your budget.
DAY ZERO - Getting to Lands End
Before we start on our epic journey, we first of all you have to get there! The closest train station to Lands End is Penzance and from there it is a 19km journey to the starting line (more accurately a signpost). The route from Penzance to Lands End can be downloaded from here.
Will (your leader) is taking the Friday off work to travel down from Shropshire via train and staying somewhere around Trevescan on the Friday night (3rd July), a short cycle from Lands End.
If you live in London you have the option of an overnight sleeper train to Penzance (Night Riviera Sleeper), leaving Friday night, arriving Saturday morning.
Please inform Will of you individual ETAs.
Some accommodation ideas near Lands End:
- Lands End Hostel & Bed & Breakfast - Trevescan (Will & Jon have booked in here)
- The Lands End Hotel
- Lands End YHA - pretty sure Billy has booked in here.
The Route - LEJOG
The route is based upon Royston Woods’ “The Safer Way”, though modified to include nights in Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh. The average distance each day is around 110-120km.
- Day-1 Lands End to Bodmin - 110km
- Day-2 Bodmin to Tiverton - 133km
- Day-3 Tiverton to Bristol - 128km
- Day-4 Bristol to Worcester - 128km
- Day-5 Worcester to Stoke - 127km
- Day-6 Stoke to Manchester - 70km
- Day-7 Manchester to Lancaster - 108km
- Day-8 Lancaster to Carlisle - 125km
- Day-9 Carlisle to Symington - 113km
- Day-10 Symington to Edinburgh - 67km
- Day-11 Edinburgh to Dunkeld - 106km
- Day-12 Dunkeld to Aviemore - 119km
- Day-13 Aviemore to Golspie - 139km
- Day-14 Golspie to John-O'Groats - 113km
Will and Jon are both regional cycling organisers for ODL. Both have a passion for the outdoors but also love good food and fun company (hence needing other people to join) so expect tasty dinners and enforced board games!
Will is a cyclist but also a tourist with a sweet tooth. He cycles fairly sedately, insists on a tea shop for elevenses and somewhere nice for lunch. Will is also a fan of including at least one touristy stop to break the day up. If you are travelling the length of Britain, you might as well enjoy it and take in the sights along the way, it is a holiday after all. Jon much to Will's disgust cycles quickly, effortlessly and often no-handed (smug git).
Cycle Touring - What is It? Can I do it? What do I need?
Cycle touring is going from A to B over multiple days. You will have to carry everything you require to survive for the length of your trip as we have no vehicular support, but don't be put off by this notion. With clever packing and fabric cleaner you won't need to carry much. (Jon is terrified by this notion so you can go thru the learning curve with him)
You will need a road bike or touring bike. Road bikes have skinny tyres, drop down handlebars and reasonably lightweight. Touring bikes usually have wider tyres and fixtures for panniers. Ideally your bike will need to be fitted with panniers to carry your gear. It is possible to carry a rucksack, though this can become uncomfortable after a day or two. If the bike does not have pannier fittings, it is often still possible to fit panniers by connecting them to your seat post, or buy a clamp kit, have a google. A popular alternative is to use velcro frame bags that fit within your frame and behind your saddle. Always be mindful though, some bikes might not be suitable for carrying large loads. Before splashing out on a new bike, give Will or Jon a shout, they are happy to offer some advice.
If you are a cyclist comfortable covering 80-100km a day, you should be fine.
Why am I booking my own accommodation?
As you are booking your own accommodation, you can choose whatever suits your budget, be it a luxury spa resort, AirBnB, generic hotel or bivvying in a hedge if you are so inclined.
There will be a group meal every evening but its not compulsory so feel free to embrace the team fully or do your own thing of an evening, everyone needs their space sometimes! If you have a spa or pool, Jon will befriend you.
What happens if my bike breaks down?
First instance, there will be multiple tools and spares amongst your fellow cyclists and fingers-crossed some knowledge of what to do with them. We will be cycling in the UK which luckily has bike shops open 7 days a week (unlike the lazy French). If your bike can't be fixed on the road, with the power of google maps, taxi, trains and buses we will get you to a bike shop who should hopefully have the skills and parts required.
If your bike can not be repaired there and then, again don't panic, the route has a train station at most stopovers. You can catch us up when you are mobile.
What happens if I break down?
If you break down or decide bike touring is not for you, we will get you to the closest train station. If you want a few days off, catch a train and join us later. Generic hotels such as Premier Inns and Travelodges have great cancellation policies so you shouldn't be out of pocket too much.
Jon will have two panniers, one for clothes and toiletries, and the other for wine; if you just need a moment find him.
If you have any questions ..
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What to bring
Bike: a road bike or touring bike.
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one and so does Will.
Cycling Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users. Aim to bring 3-4 sets of cycling outfits, we will have a laundry run at least every fourth night. If you choose to wash the same outfit with Lynx Africa Jon will hunt you like the animal you are.
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals. Some bike shoes are ok to walk in, but keep in mind you’re wearing them all day; a slip-on or flip-flop will be a welcome change in the evening.
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike.
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Bike lights: be seen and safe - we have long day light hours but are useful in bad weather.
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Ruck sack or panniers: Some of us will be cycling for 14 days none stop. Carrying kit in a ruck sack can become tiresome, I would recommend panniers, though make sure your bike is suitable to attach them. Alternatively buy frame bags that fit behind your saddle and within the frame of your bike.
Evening wear: We will be going out for drinks and meals, an outfit other then lycra would be a bonus for your sanity.
Clothes washing liquid: Useful for freshening up your clothes.
Chamois cream - helps avoids rubbing on the bum cheeks.
GPS Computer - track your progress and go off on your own if fed up of our company
Food & drink
I'm sure you will cope with an hours cycle.
Think about your evening meal, might not be somewhere near your accomodation