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'middle aged' cyclist from North East aiming to do the LEJOG in August 2011

Day 3 – Rookhope to Tynemouth (finish) then cycle 14 miles home

After a good night’s rest (thanks to Valerie) this would be our final day, a day which I would be VERY familiar with as it’s one of my regular return training rides. Unfortunately as Ian Poppleton and Richard Nutt were … Continue reading

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Day 2 – Penrith to Rookhope – very hilly, torrential rain, wind, thunder, lightening and hailstones lying

Day 2 the forecast wasn’t good (heavy rain). I apologise in advance for not writing about all our cyclists – most of them were always away up the road from me so could type ‘could see on horizon’. Today we … Continue reading

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Day 1 – Whitehaven – Penrith

The weekend had finally arrived. The final riders (for all 3 days) would be John Bell, Jed Woodhouse, Carl Rutter, Ian Hall and myself and we will be joined for all of day 2 by Ian Poppleton and Richard Nutt … Continue reading

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Bikes and riders dropping like flies (and some training in between)

Since my last entry, “photoshoot” there’s been lots happening although I don’t seem to have had time to type it up. I’ll be brief about the training: Carl and Ian have been getting plenty of 25-30 milers in which will … Continue reading

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Chopper and Pashley Photoshoot – Newcastle Quayside

Here are some of the photos taken during a recent photoshoot of 2 of the participants. Simon Veit-Wilson aboard his 1950’s Pashley Delivery bike and me on the chopper – top marks to Simon for his attire. Don’t forget the … Continue reading

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62 miles on a 9 speed Raleigh Chopper

This week I had the new 25 tooth rear sprocket welded on so now I have 9 speeds but unfortunately no time for a shakedown ride. Forecast was great for Saturday and Sunday but taking a dip on the Monday. … Continue reading

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Any charitable donations welcome

Hi, A number of people have been asking if I’m doing this attempt for charity (or just for a laugh)? Well the answer is a charity to help support people like my cousin Mark Taylor who was diagnosed with Motor … Continue reading

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