Lands End to john O'Groats 2005
You might have noticed an increase in cycling activity on the streets on Inverclyde lately.
Six members of Inverclyde Velo ,Terry Dyer, George McCarter, Robert McCready, John McPaul, Kenny Raeside and Mark Smith are about to embark on an epic cycling journey in aid of Ardgowan Hospice. They will be attempting to ride the 873 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats in just 5 days with stop overs at Bristol, Wigan, Biggar and Aviemore before reaching John O’Groats where they will enjoy a wee celebration followed by a break from the bike for at least a day or two.
Several of the riders completed the ride in 7 days in 2003 but this time they can expect to cover around 190 miles each day spending around 14 hours in the saddle.
Training for this ride started in September of last year where steady base work of around 150 miles were covered each week.
After the Christmas festivities the mileage rose to around 250 miles each week, unfortunately the poor weather curtailed a lot of the outdoor training forcing riders into the gym or onto their home trainers.
The training currently involves long runs, often back to back over a weekend, covering around 130 miles on each ride. The average weekly mileage is now close to the 400 mile mark. Two of the riders are heading out to Fuertaventura to enjoy some warm weather training and hope to cover about 600 miles for the week.
During the course of this training the riders have covered around 42,000 miles, went through 24 tyres 36 brake blocks 12 chains and an assortment of cycling paraphernalia.
In addition there has been a physical toll with a few rides being forced to head for the treatment room for a variety of injuries. Thanks go to Bruce and Paul of Inverclyde Physiotherapy Clinic for ensuring that the training stays on schedule
The ride itself is scheduled to begin on the 30th of April so the final few weeks will see a gradual reduction in mileage to ensure that the riders are as fresh as possible at the starting point. Interested readers can follow the riders progress on the web at www.inverclydevelo.co.uk
Further to this the team have recived excellent donations from Inverkip.com and Inverkip and Wemyss bay community councils to boost our Ardgowan Hospice funds.
A great thanks to all.