We have joined the CTC

We have now joined the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club).  Since they do a very good End to End cycling pack.

The pack contains three detailed routes for this classic ride.  It also a general information section, which includes guidance on which maps to use to complement the route sheets, advice on training, food and fitness and, most importantly, how to get yourself and bike to/from the start and finish points by train.

More information about the End to End pack, can be found here www.ctc.org.uk/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=3397.

Finding the right route…

Hi there, we’re already far into preparation for our cycle and today we joined the Scottish Youth Hostel Association.

We’ve been looking high and low for the best route to go by, but we just can’t seem to settle on the right one.

So we need your help!
Does anyone out there have some advice? Know a good route that we can go by?
Any ideas on the best way to combine 2 weeks of cycling with a good holiday of sight-seeing and fun?

If you have any helpfull advice of suggestions for our little excursion, please post a comment here or send us an email.

Gordon and Mike

We now have a Garmin Edge 705 GPS

We now have a Garmin Edge 705 GPS, which we got from Wiggle, which cost us £323.99. We went for the Garmin Edge 705 MTB Performance Package, which comes with GB mapping for OS/Road content for Great Britain and also a Heart rate monitor chest strap.

If you want to see more details and 3D views visit the UK Garmin Edge minisite here.

Our second training cycle

We cycled from Gordon’s home, in Little Bytham to Rutland Water. We then cycled the long way around. Which is 23 miles. The shorter way, around it, is 17 miles. Just in case, you wanted to know. By the time, we had both cycled back to Gordon’s house. We had done, just over 42 miles. Which took us 3 hours and 43 minutes. Our average speed, was 11.2 mph.

Gordon while cycling around Rutland Water.

Our first long training cycle

We did our first long training cycle, to get ourselves ready for doing the End to End cycle next year.

We did a 58 mile cycle. The cycle took us from Mike’s house. In the Orton Malborne, area of Peterborough. To a village called, Swavesey, which is near to Cambridge. The cycle took us 4 hours, 43 minutes and 40 seconds. With an average speed of 12.4 mph. Going by the Cateye CC-CD300DW cycling computer on Gordon’s bike.

First of many planning meetings

We went to the Peterborough service station. To have a McDonalds. While there, we both made a start, on planning the cycle route between John O’Groats to Lands End.

We also made a quick list, of some of the things. We’re need for doing the cycle. The things, so far include:-

  • 1st aid kit
  • 3 lots of cycling clothes each
  • Bike repair kit
  • Bike locks
  • Bike lights
  • Footware – for both cycling and off bike use
  • Gloves and hats
  • GPS
  • Helmets
  • iPod – for when not cycling
  • Laptop + USB flash drive
  • Pen’s + pad
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare battery for camera + charger
  • Water containers
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