Author: gsvalentine

That’s me now done 55,000 miles of cycling!

That’s me now done 55,000 miles of cycling, since April 2003. Which works out, doing an average of 3,235 miles each year! Of course, some years done well less than that. Others way more! The most in single year, was back in 2013, when I did 6,118.4 miles!

Here is the total number of miles for each year.

  • 2003 – 1,148.7 miles
  • 2004 – 1,585.6 miles
  • 2005 – 2,091.8 miles
  • 2006 – 2,166.3 miles
  • 2007 – 1,072.7 miles
  • 2008 – 1,807.5 miles
  • 2009 – 2,685.9 miles – did the End to End cycle (JOGLE).
  • 2010 – 4,001.3 miles
  • 2011 – 5,066.0 miles
  • 2012 – 5,289.5 miles – longest ever cycle – 101.62 miles.
  • 2013 – 6,118.4 miles – most ever in a single year.
  • 2014 – 5,334.9 miles
  • 2015 – 2,341.4 miles
  • 2016 – 4,583.8 miles
  • 2017 – 4,147.5 miles
  • 2018 – 3,158.5 miles
  • 2019 – 2,357.9 miles
  • 2020 – 44.8 miles

John O’Groats to Tongue 10 years on

This time, 10 years ago, I would have been cycling between John O’Groats to Tongue. A distance of 64.22 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,237 metres. It was the first, time I had ever been to that part of Scotland and till this day, can’t believe how totally amazing the views were!

Check out the route, over at www.strava.com/activities/445506836 and please do give me a kudos. Only had two so far! That’s due to Strava, not being a thing back then!

Mike and myself at the unofficial sign post, John O'Groats
Mike and myself getting our photo taken at the start of the End to End cycle
Myself with Dounreay nuclear power station in the background
Somewhere on the first day of the End to End cycle

10 years ago, I was in John O’Groats!

Would you believe it?!?! This time, 10 years ago, I would have been in John O’Groats. Which can only mean one thing. It was just one sleep, till I started doing the John O’Groats to Land’s End (JOGLE) cycle. Which took me from John O’Groats at the very top mainland Scotland, to Lands End at the very end of England. A distance of just over 990 miles.

I would, still rate it, as one of the best things, I’ve ever done! Maybe also one of the hardest. That’s the bit, I did need to speak about! I did make it all the way, to end, which is the main thing!



‘Unbreakable’ Land’s End – John o’Groats record beaten for first time in 17 years

Michael Broadwith has become the first rider to set a new Land’s End – John o’Groats record in 17 years as he knocked nearly 40 minutes off the previous mark.

Broadwith completed his ride of the length of Great Britain in a time of 43 hours, 25 minutes and 13 seconds, going 39 minutes and seven seconds off the previous record of Gethin Butler from 2001, which some had seen as unbeatable, covering the 841 miles at an average speed of 19.4mph/31.2kmh.

Read more from the Cycling Weekly website.

Metfield brothers take on a gruelling cycle challenge

A duo of Suffolk born cyclists have successfully cycled the length of the UK in a bid to raise money for two charities which are very close to their hearts.

On Thursday, May 31, 15 days after they set off, John Melvin, 73 and Peter Melvin, 69, completed the gruelling 1000 mile cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The brothers, who were both born in Metfield, near Harleston but now live in Ashfield, Nottingham and Newton, Derbyshire undertook the challenge to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Read more from the Diss Mercury website.

Highgate bowel cancer survivor to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats

A Highgate bowel cancer survivor is cycling 1,000 miles for charity in the hope of raising £100,000 for Bowel & Cancer Research.

Paul Reynolds, who took up cycling after beating the illness in 2009, will ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats in Scotland.

Read more from the Ham & High website.

My End to End cycle route data is now on Strava

Strava logoI’ve just uploaded the data from the End to End cycle that I did back in August 2009 to Strava.

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