Category: Cycling

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LEJOG – Getting into Training

I remember the first time I cycled into work.  It’s only just over seven miles but I distinctly recall walking down a short flight of steps feeling my thigh muscles cry out in pain.  Like anything, if you suddenly subject your body to some new exercise then it certainly feels pretty tough. But guess what ?  Building up that exercise – slowly – gradually builds strength … Read More LEJOG – Getting into Training

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LEJOG – Accommodation options

If you’re just starting out to plan an end-to-end cycle tour then you may be thinking about where on earth you’re going to stay along the route.  Let me give an overview of the various options and also provide some hints and tips to plan your own route. There are essentially five main options – or a combination of these: B&Bs / Hotels Youth hostels Campsites … Read More LEJOG – Accommodation options

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LEJOG Packing List – Cycling Gear

If there’s one topic more likely than route options to spark debate among end-to-enders then it’s what gear to take.  In advance of our trip I thought I’d share my own kit lists, this one covering my bike and associated gear and the second covering our camping and non-cycling gear.  I’d be interested in any feedback – and will update this post after we arrive … Read More LEJOG Packing List – Cycling Gear

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LEJOG Packing List – Camping/other gear

Making sure you’ve carefully chosen everything you’ll need for an extended cycle tour is an important aspect of the planning process.  In this second of two articles on my choice of gear to take on my LEJOG cycle trip I’m focusing on camping and non-cycling equipment.  I’ve listed the kit I’m planning to take below and I’ll update this article on my return to … Read More LEJOG Packing List – Camping/other gear

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Lessons in buying a touring bike

The trials and tribulations of finding a decent shop selling touring bikes When I decided to cycle end-to-end I didn’t have a suitable bike and therefore started out by finding out what bikes other people use to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats (and other cycle tours). The only real parameters I had at this stage were that I’d already discovered from talking to … Read More Lessons in buying a touring bike

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Cycling in Lanzarote

A week away in the sun seemed the perfect antidote to the stresses of work and so last week we headed off for sunnier climes in Lanzarote.  We’d hired a villa with a private pool in the small resort of Playa Blanca, on the south coast of Lanzarote overlooking the neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. I’d thought that not only would it be a break from work … Read More Cycling in Lanzarote

Our LEJOG route

Our route from Land’s End to John O’Groats takes us up the west coast of England and Scotland via Arran.  At 1,005 miles it’s not the shortest route possible, but should give a scenic journey that avoids busy A roads as much as we can manage, while still keeping within our 14 day total.  By the time we reach Patterdale in the Lake District … Read More Our LEJOG route

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LEJOG route planning and route options

So you know where the start and finish points are but what route should you take in between ?  The great thing is, there is no ‘official’ or definitive route,  and there’s a huge amount of enjoyment to be had (and hours spent researching) in finding a route that’s suited to your trip. Route options When I set about researching my route I knew that I didn’t … Read More LEJOG route planning and route options

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Planning an end-to-end cycle ride

So if you’ve already decided to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats (or JOGLE if you prefer) you’ll now be wanting to find out as much as you can about the journey. In this article I’ll cover the best resources I’ve found for planning your ride including books, websites, online forums and blogs. One of the best things about LEJOG is that there’s … Read More Planning an end-to-end cycle ride

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Why cycle LEJOG ?

Cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is frequently cited as one of the world’s great cycle rides.  It may not be as long the TransAmerica  or the EuroVelo routes but the UK offers such a great variety of landscape that makes LEJOG such a popular and iconic route. Of course, it has to be said that not everyone goes with the prevailing wind and … Read More Why cycle LEJOG ?

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In praise of great cycling cafes

    Cycling is thirsty work and so in the middle of a long ride there’s nothing more motivating than looking forward to that next pot of tea and a cake.  Ride for a couple of hours, stop for a cuppa, ride for a couple more, have another … Cycling cafes are a bit of a tradition.  I’ve often noticed groups of cyclists at … Read More In praise of great cycling cafes

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My LEJOG Blog

As hopefully most of you will know by now, I’m planning to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in May with my nephew. “Er, why?”, I hear you say.  Good question. But rather than answer that question right now I wanted to make “Why cycle LEJOG?” the first part of a new section to this blog.  You see, the plan is to build … Read More My LEJOG Blog