Cycle from the UK’s most Northern to most Southern point
If you feel more comfortable in the saddle and fancy a real cycling challenge then get training to pedal 865 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 7.5 days. Our End 2 End challenge will take you from the lochs and mountains of Scotland, to the beautiful landscape of the Cumbrian Lake District, through the gentle rolling tranquil Wye Valley and onto the rugged Cornish coast line, then saddle up for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Next year’s End 2 End Cycle Challenge starts on the morning of Friday 19th August 2016 and finishes in Land’s End on Friday 20th August 2016 – a great place for your friends and family to welcome you home. Each day starts with a healthy breakfast after having spent the night in the comfort of a bed and a cosy room. Riders start the day together but all ride at their own pace, and with a morning coffee break, a hot lunch and afternoon tea, the journey becomes quite a social event.
The End 2 End support team are excellent with vehicles and a motorbike to make sure that we are never far away, whether it takes a rider 10 hours to complete a day or 15, we will always be there.
Are you geared up for the challenge?
Minimum fundraising requirement – £2,750 per cyclist
A £400 advanced donation is required when registering to secure your place (please note this £400 is included within your minimum fundraising requirement)
Each cyclist will receive:
- Bike collection prior to the event
- 9 nights Bed and Breakfast en route
- Support vehicles carrying individuals kits to each overnight stop
- Break and lunch stops each day
- Motorbike support marshal
- A Spoon Challenges rugby shirt and cycling gilet
- Celebration dinner and overnight stay at The Land’s End Hotel – family and friends welcome to attend
- Full support prior to the challenge, to include kit lists, training advice and fundraising ideas
The day before the challenge, challengers gather in John O’Groats for registration, a safety briefing and a sociable ‘Pasta Party’ where you will get to know your fellow cyclists.
The following morning, the challenge of a lifetime commences:
- Day 1 – John O’Groats to Inverness: Date – Friday 19th August – 120 miles
- Day 2 – Inverness to Perth: Date – Saturday 20th August- 113 miles
- Day 3 – Perth to Lockerbie: Date – Sunday 21st August – 106 miles
- Day 4 – Lockerbie to Preston: Date – Monday 22nd August – 119 miles
- Day 5 – Preston to Ludlow: Date – Tuesday 23rd August – 117 miles
- Day 6 – Ludlow to Taunton: Date – Wednesday 24th August – 120 miles
- Day 7 – Taunton to Bodmin: Date – Thursday 25th August – 104 miles
- Day 8 – Bodmin to Lands End: Date – Friday 26th August – 66 miles
As with all of our challenge, a great deal of their success is down to the dedication and hard work of the marshals and crew. Whether this is our family of voluntary marshals who await challengers on the mountain summits on the Four Peaks, our safety boat marshal out on the lake on the Great Lakeland or our hands on bike mechanics on the End 2 End, our role will always be to make sure your safety is top priority and we will never be far away from any challenger.
The End 2 End crew has no shortage of experience with ex-riders, knowledgeable bike mechanics and a year on year team to help make the challenge a success. Our crew will be on hand every step of the way to offer advice, support and most importantly supplies of tea, coffee and sympathy!
The challenge office lives and breathes the Spoon Challenges throughout the year and we guarantee that our love for Spoon and enthusiasm for the challenges will soon rub off on you! If we haven’t met you before (and even if we have!), we look forward to talking to you, exchanging ideas, and providing you with some great advice.
Some of you will already be familiar with the team at the challenge office and for those who are not; Kerry who works on London Marathon, Four Peaks and Great Lakeland Challenge and Laura Nelson who works on End 2 End and London to Monte Carlo are your main points of contact for the challenges and will happily answer any questions you may have regarding the challenges themselves, fundraising, banking etc.
“In 2000, I was looking for a new adventure, something that would challenge me and last in my memory forever. From this, a small group of like-minded fools, of various abilities and levels of fitness, were assembled to cycle 900 miles in one week.
Besides the aching legs and other very sore parts of our anatomies, the journey was amazing. I have yet to surpass this adventure and now 11 years on and as a member of a small but brilliant crew I still find seeing a group of riders complete the event a very emotional occasion. I am in no doubt that we are the best at what we do and our rider’s testimonies are our greatest advert. If you have the desire, the passion and the need to tick this off your personal CV then why not join us? Our 7.5 day timetable helps meet those busy work schedules and is also a benchmark for most club cyclists. It is also an achievable time frame for people like myself, a part-time cyclist before deciding to take up the challenge of 900 miles on a bike.
Ultimately my goal is to finish up, looking out onto the Atlantic Ocean, with a lot of happy riders, having raised lots of money for Wooden Spoon.”
Nigel Brindley, End 2 End Challenge Organiser