LEJOG in 7 Days For Charity

Discussion in 'Lands End to John O'Groats (LEJOG)' started by madman2018, 22 Dec 2017.

  1. madman2018

    madman2018 New Member

    Hi Everyone.
    Brand new member here so this is my first post :smile:
    I'm a gap year student volunteering in Africa with a charity called Balloon Ventures in Spring 2018 (check them out, they're super cool)
    I'm fundraising £800 toward the charity, and decided to cycle the LEJOG in 7 days as part of my fundraising challenge.
    I'm a pretty decent cycler, so I don't think fitness should be an issue. However, I'll be doing it unsupported/solo. Any ideas for what the best way to get it done in the fastest time is? I.E. Camping vs hostels, vs little sleep :smile: ?
    I've got a bike, and a basic kit list, but I think I need more advice/prep in general.
    Thanks in Advance folks.
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  2. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    Welcome to the forum. Don’t have any specific advice re your challenge but I’m sure others who have done it will chime in. Good luck.
    Some good video on YouTube which might help you.

    View: https://youtu.be/vg1HvJ4s3os
    Last edited: 22 Dec 2017
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  3. jay clock

    jay clock Massive member

    Hampshire UK
    A demanding thing. That will be 140 miles a day. I would reckon camping would be to tough, but who knows!

    Here is the Deloitte RAB 2017 route GPX files with a pdf for each day. You will need to upload the GPX into RWGPS https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8f582ky77jqfdt6/AADdSCxDN7cPrVxbV0uMhT3xa?dl=0

    You need to fund the cost of the trip out of your own pocket, otherwise any sensible person will tell you to fark off. Don't try the "raise £2000 and use half to pay the hotel bills" trick. That is just a free holiday
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  4. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    East Devon
    I observe OP has not been back to CycleChat since his OP (22 Dec).
    If the OP is planning to do end-to-end in 7 days, why's he looking for the fastest route: surely that'd be a longer route that he would have to do faster. Simplest route is to pick up A39 at St Columb Major to Davidstow, ESE to Launceston, old A30 to Exeter (NW), old A38/A38 to Gloucester, A417 NW to (north of) Hereford, A49 to Warrington, // M6 to Preston, A6, //M74 to Hamilton, up to Stirling, A9. Enjoy (not)!
    Here's a 7 day audax (7 x 200+km) Google 'Hummers Lejog': LEJOG - 7 x 200 audax
    1: LE>Exeter (210), 2: Exeter>Tewkesbury(207), 3: Tewkesbury>St Helens(207), 4: St Helens>Gretna (216), 5: Gretna>Perth (215), 6: Perth>Inverness (205)(via Braemar), 7: Inverness >JoG(212)
    For minimum faff, use motels with somewhere to eat close by, and get on the road for a couple of hours before a decent stop for breakfast.
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  5. Ian H

    Ian H Guru

    East Devon
    As Ajax says. As long as you're confident with distances, book your accommodation ahead, so as to keep faffing to a minimum. 7 days isn't too extreme.
  6. sultzer

    sultzer Active Member

    7 days good luck i did it in 11.5 days , some long days in saddle ,i did camping a lot , while in england i pitched up in laybays next to trucks etc , or if there was a rally about in a corner of the field .
  7. YukonBoy

    YukonBoy Extra solar

    Ultima Thule
    Go for hotels with 24 hour checkin. Mid week you probably do not need to book. Road bike with not much load and you will find 7 days quite comfortable to achieve.
  8. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    East Devon
    OP joined, posted and has never been seen again (since 22 Dec 17). Why do people do that?
  9. As a gap year student maybe he should just keep studying.

    " I am a decent cycler"
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