LEJOG - Lands End to John O Groats
Why would you want to make it easy?
On the 3rd 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 point 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 considered how best to approach it, they decided that 7 days unsupported sounded like fun.
The planned route is approximately 1350km with 13500m of climbing. The Queen stage is on day 1, so at least we’ll get it out of the way quickly with 198km and 3105m climbing. As one friend said to Tim, “You’re both insane”.
What began as half an idea, turned into a bit of web-searching, a bit of playing with maps and is now real. The routes have been planned, accommodation booked and bike transits organised. There’s no getting out of it now.
As I update this page, it’s 13 days to go until le grand départ. Lots of training has happened, weight has gone down, popped back up again, and then I started ignoring the scales. The LEJOG Blog will be updated with tales and photos as the trip gets underway.
One additional thing to mention is that while this is clearly a personal trip there will be some fundraising along the way too. For personal reasons Tim will be raising money for the Alzheimer Society but fully understands that everyone has been incredibly generous with other activities in recent years, so has no expectation.