CYCLE RIDES

 

PROJECT MIDGE 2021: 500 MILE NORTH COAST CHALLENGE

 

DAY 1 - THE JOURNEY UP

Just arrived in Sterling ready for the drive to Inverness tomorrow where the cyclists mount the bikes for the first section of the 500 mile challenge. An evening of strength building in the local hostelery ahead. Plenty of protein no doubt. Serious cycling ahead with with the odd drink to liven spirits. Special thanks to ALD Automotive for the brilliant support vehicle.

 

DAY 2 - INVERNESS TO LOCHARRON

Starting at Inverness castle the boys mount their bikes for the first 65 miles of the 500 mile challenge. The support vehicle needed a new battery which was provided by the AA in record time (a common occurance we are told due to vehicles not moving much over the previous 18 months). A bit of rain during the day and a bit cold but hopefully the weather can only improve! Stopping in Locharron over night with a lovely view of the Loch from the accomodation.

 

DAY 3 - LOCHARRON TO GAIRLOCH

Getting back on the bikes in Locharron the boys set off on an 80 mile stint to Gairloch, with 6,500 feet ascent and decent along the route! There was a small misscommunication which let to the support vehicle becoming increasingly concerned about the guys at the peak in single digit temperatures and strong winds, thankfully everyone was alright and even after one of the guys took a tumble, coming off with a few scratches but onwards they tread. We will work harder to provide these guys with everything they need going forward.

 

DAY 4 - GAIRLOCH TO ALTNACEALGACH

Leaving Gairloch this morning with 75miles to Altnacealgach with a total ascent of nearly 6,000 feet and a total descent of nearly 5,500 feet. On one of the many stops of the support bus to resupply the guys and offer some bottled water to a friendly lone cyclist there was a freak occurance as the wind blew one of the back doors all the way open which smashed the window! Thankfully no one was hurt and a solution was found within hours thanks to the amazing support from Sureserve. A small treat for the team tonight staying at a lovely establishment in Scourie allowing the team to get some much needed R&R, sorry lads it wont all be as nice as this again!

 

DAY 5 - ALTNACEALGACH TO RHICONICH

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The longest part of the 500 mile challenge, today consits of 85 miles between Rhiconich and Thurso. Weather is not great today but it could be worse, thankfully we missed the first shower of the fay just before they boys set off, a bit of rain sticking with us and a temperature of 13° C. A late finish today of 7pm (over 10hours on the bike!) putting the teams dinner plans at the Hotel in jeopardy, alternate plans were made to ensure the guys get a proper meal and they can still hit their miles today.

 

DAY 6 - RHICONICH TO THURSO

The longest part of the 500 mile challenge, today consits of 85 miles between Rhiconich and Thurso. Weather is not great today but it could be worse, thankfully we missed the first shower of the fay just before they boys set off, a bit of rain sticking with us and a temperature of 13° C. A late finish today of 7pm (over 10hours on the bike!) putting the teams dinner plans at the Hotel in jeopardy, alternate plans were made to ensure the guys get a proper meal and they can still hit their miles today.

 

DAY 7 - THURSO TO HELMSDALE

Starting in Thurso and heading towards John O'Groats this morning before turning south towards Wick and finishing in Helmsdale. The sun in shining but forecast is showing the weather turning sour at midday, the guys will be hoping to get as many miles under their belt before that happens! A lovely meal awaited the team next door to the B&B, some of the best seafood we have had!

 

DAY 8 - HELMSDALE TO INVERNESS

The final day! Only 72miles between the guys and the finish line. Owing to the excessive miles the guys have done so far this week and the business of the A9, the finish point has been moved to a Inverness caledonian & thisle, which is a outside Inverness centre. The guys made good time today despite the buisiness of the road (a lot of articulated lorries and camper vans making the road dangerous for cyclists).

 

TRANS ALP CHALLENGE 2019

John Workman and Tim Williams riding on behalf of Footprints taking on some of the highest peaks of the Tour de France. Arrived yesterday in Morzine a popular ski resort. Temperatures spring to 36 degrees Celsius turned in the evening to a massive thunderstorm and got drenched on our way to the hotel.

Day 1 of the cycle ride in the Alps. A bit cooler start but temperatures still in the 30s (C) they cycled up to Col de Joux Plne (6,000 feet) INCREDIBLE. Onwards and downwards then a further 60 kilometres with a further 15km climb in the middle

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Trans Alp Challenge 2019 Day 3

With the temperature being 26c at nearly 10am and owing to the previous 2 gruelling days where descents have been skipped due to the lateness of the finish (8pm). The decision was made to allow the guys to rest up a bit with an easier route to Col du Galibier (2642m), with the decent to Valloire (1922m) afterwards. During the decent the heavens opened, this provided an opportunity to rest and maintain the equipment.

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Trans Alp Challenge 2019 Day 4

The day started with a 2 hour journey to La Bourg-d’Osains. Today’s challenge started a few kilometres away from the base of Alpe d’Huez (Alt. 1815m). With a staggering 21 hairpins and with the temperature in the high 30s the guys had a tough task ahead of them which they passed with flying colours. They even stopped to fix a flat tyre of a fellow cyclist. Their reward was the descent back to the base Aple d’Huez then a very late lunch. Well done guys! Onto Ventoux!

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Trans Alp Challenge 2019 Day 5

Little cycling challenge today but big preparation for the final day of Les Alps challenge. Starting with a 4 hour drive to Bédoin. The rest of the day was spent restocking supplies and maintaining equipment (both bikes and support car needed some tlc after a tough week) as well as physically and mentally preparing for the last peak. An early start tomorrow morning awaits to avoid the intense heat of the afternoon.

A fantastic effort from Tim and John!

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Trans Alp Challenge 2019 Day 6

A tough start today with a defective tyre on one of the bikes that appeared overnight! After 2 hours of trying to fix the problem it became apparent a professional was needed. Thankfully the rain and thunder had passed when the bike shop opened. A later start than was planned but on the guys went to tackle their final challenge of a 20km route to Mont Ventoux (Alt. 1912m). Starting on the main road then bending up towards the peak, plenty of trees en route providing cover but not much air to cool off the near 30c heat before 10am. The road became more open in the last 6km with some spectacular views of the surrounding areas . A big sincere well done to Tim and John, we appreciate everything you and your supporters have done for us here at the Footprints Foundation.

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THE WAY OF ST JAMES CYCLE RIDE – AUGUST 2016

To raise money for Footprints, John Workman and Tim Williams from BPE Solicitors in Cheltenham have taken on the leg numbing challenge of riding from Le Puy de Dôme in the Massif Central, across South West France to the foothills and over the Pyrenees, down the other side and then back up to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The route tracks the ancient pilgrimage route to Santiago… the way of St. James. 1000 miles and four mountain ranges, in 12 days!


Huge thanks to both of them for their fantastic achievement.

Here they are making their way...