LEJOG - Lands End to John O Groats
Why would you want to make it easy?
On the 2nd June 2023 two (insert your own adjective) cyclists from Naas in County Kildare will depart from Lands End in Cornwall to begin the epic ride from the most South Westerly point in the UK to the most Northerly points at John O Groats.
It’s a big target route for many cyclists and while researching how it should be tackled we find that typically it’s a 10-14 day journey. However when Tim Farmer & Thomas Freeman (pictured after both completed the Mondello 24 hour TT in June 2022) considered how best to approach it, they decided that 7 days unsupported sounded like fun.
The route is somewhere between 1300km-1400km depending on which options you take, all of them involving some fun climbs along the way too. As one friend said to Tim, “You’re both insane”.
What began as half an idea, turned into a bit of web-searching, speaking to tour guides and is now real. The routes (or at least the start and end points of each day) have been planned, accommodation booked and bike transits organised. There’s no getting out of it now
At the time of writing the le grand départ is 10 months away, so still lots of time to get on with training, planning and other details. One thing to herald in advance is while this is clearly a personal trip that both Tim and Thomas are doing because they want the challenge, there will be some fundraising along the way too. For personal reasons Tim will be raising money for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland (donation page not created yet, so don’t worry, no begging bowl just yet).