Having already completed 130 miles on the butchers bike back in September 2013, in aid of the Walk on Wales event, it was decided (over a beer or two) that the bike needed to get out again this year.
The Guinness book of records, have been approached to see if anyone has cycled the route on a butchers bike. No reply to date.
The bike dates back to the 1940's and is heavy, lacks good stopping power and is single speed.
Land's End to John o' Groats is the traversal of the whole length of the island of Great Britain between two extremities; in the southwest and northeast. The traditional distance by road is 874 miles (1,407 km) and takes most cyclists ten to fourteen days; the record for running the route is nine days. Off-road walkers typically walk about 1,200 miles (1,900 km) and take two or three months for the expedition. Two much-photographed signposts indicate the traditional distance at each end. The butchers bike will cover approximately 1,027 miles.
Land's End is the extreme south-westward (but not southern or western) point of Great Britain, situated in western Cornwall at the end of the Penwith peninsula, O.S. Grid Reference SW342250, Post Code TR19 7AA. The most southerly point is Lizard Point. John o' Groats is the traditionally acknowledged extreme northern point of mainland Scotland, in north-eastern Caithness, O.S. Grid Reference ND380735, Post Code KW1 4YR.
The actual northernmost point is at nearby Dunnet Head. The point that is actually farthest by road from Land's End is Duncansby Head, about 2 miles (3.2 km) from John o' Groats.
The plan is to cycle the distance in 13 days, sleeping outdoors and only entering buildings for food and charging of a tracking system (no cheating) and mobile telephone.
Support teams are needed and many people have already offered their time to follow, participate along the route and also cycle on normal bicycles. The various charities that we are involved in will be critical in the success of this challenge.
To maximise the publicity for the ride in order we raise awareness for the charities and raise as much money as possible to aid our service people lead a better and more fulfilling life.