An early awakening and swift departure. The day started the way it would continue….Wet and uphill…. There seems to be a pattern to this.
Today the mental side should have been easy, but knowing that the end was so close gave the body the opportunity to give up. Last night my body went into shutdown at around 2am, ejecting my dinner before dropping back into a deep sleep.
Neither of us have ridden for more than 6 days without a rest before, we made it to day 10 before things started to get really tough. The two subsequent days have been the toughest hours I have spent on a bike. I’m still getting up on the pedals at just about every hill, but knowing that I don’t have to do this again the next day allows me to use every last ounce of energy to keep going through the thick wet mist.
We have both vowed never to visit Truro again, as it is surrounded by steep inclines in every direction. Missing a turning means we had to make an extra ascent too. Not really Truro’s fault, but that is not the point!
The biggest climb comes around halfway as we continue south of Redruth. The familiar place names being ticked off the mental checklist are going past agonisingly slowly.
The closer we got to the end, the worse the conditions got. Heavy downpours were followed by deep mist with visibility reducing drastically the closer we got to the coast. The Lands End building appearing out of the mist almost took us by surprise as we thought we had another half-mile to go!
After 64.7 miles, another 5256 feet of hills and an average of only 13.6mph, we calmly rolled towards the line, cameras and applause of our support crew before posing for the obligatory photos.
We parted with some cash for the official sign post and then sat down with a hot pastie and a bottle of Tribute. They have never tasted so good as when you have been thinking about them for 12 days.
The ride by numbers:
- 12 days
- 3 Countries
- 962.9 miles
- 45,735 feet of climbing (1.5x Everest!)
- 3 Flat tyres
- 1 broken gear cable
- A lot of jam sandwiches
- An obscene number of chewy bars
Once the book was signed we were straight into the car for the journey home. It was odd being in a car again.
We would also like to extend a massive thank you to everyone that made this possible, the support crew, our families for putting up with our training and absence, and everyone that has sponsored us. We have broken our target and the money is still rolling in! Everyman and Headway are really going to benefit from the big chunk of money we are handing over.
Final thoughts, a video and more pictures to follow!