North Coast 500

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by loopybike, 11 Mar 2019.

  1. loopybike

    loopybike Über Member

    Anyone done it?

    My father in law is doing it just before Easter. Its a big thing for him. Let me explain
    A couple of years ago he set out to do the Lajog. He got as far as Bristol when he knew something wasn't right. He had to give up and come home. After some tests he found out he had prostrate cancer. No bloody wonder he was struggling!
    He has beaten the cancer now, and wants to try again. However his girlfriend says, very firmly, "NO"
    So we have come up with a plan. ...

    I'm borrowing a campervan and I'm going to be his support crew for the North Coast 500. His girlfriend is happy, he's very happy and I'm booking 2 weeks off work!
    We are starting on the 12th April.

    Wish us luck! Oh did I mention he's 75?
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  2. berty bassett

    berty bassett Guru

    ive done it - tell him to get ready for some hills ! big steep hills - fantastic scenery though
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  3. OP

    loopybike Über Member

    Hills? Yeah, it's a modern camper so it should be fine on the hills. . ...
    Oh him! He's like a whippet!
    Shame whippets can't ride bicycles lol
  4. berty bassett

    berty bassett Guru

    Your in a camper !! Hope it’s got good brakes going over near applecross !
  5. OP

    loopybike Über Member

    Na, I'll not go round that bit. I'll be waiting for him at the end of that loop.
    I'm taking one of my bikes with me, so I can join him for "support" but I've seen that road before... ....
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  6. Edwardoka

    Edwardoka Facetious Remark Generator, Waffler

    Have done parts of it, mainly before it was given a name and a marketing budget, and it's really stunning.
    With luck, starting that early in the year will give him a good quiet run before the motoring tourists arrive. More power to his pedals!
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  7. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Hats off to him, and well done for your support.
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  8. Banjo

    Banjo Fuelled with Jelly Babies

    South Wales
    Your old man is certainly not a quitter.Good luck to him hope you both have a great time.
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  9. Sunny Portrush

    Sunny Portrush Über Member

    I hope he gets good weather going up Bealach Na Ba, it truly is stunning and I don`t think anything in Britain compares to it. It just goes on and and on and on....

    I`ve done it three times and each time the weather was excellent, my mate did it once and couldn`t see a thing!
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  10. Davos87

    Davos87 Über Member

    North Yorkshire
    If you look on YouTube there’s some great videos of a guy called MrDazP doing it over 4 days.
    Looks stunning but a toughie
    Wish you all every success.
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