Congratulations to Martin Lee and his riding mate Dan on reaching John O Groats in 7 days. Martin road a pair of ENVE 45 clinchers we built for him and he will hopefully submit a report once he has recovered. In the meantime here is his report on the slog through the final day to the top of Scotland.
“We made our goal of riding from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 7 days. We arrived at a completely desolate JOG car park at around 10:15PM after a 12 hour day, 7 hours of which were in the most miserable icy cold driving rain.
There were points later in the day where I really thought we would have to throw in the towel and finish on the Sunday but thanks to sheer bloody mindedness and a quiet day on the roads we soldiered. The visibility was so low that I lost sight of Dan if was more than 20 meters ahead, and as his lights weren’t working it was lucky the cars were few and far between.
The day had started fairly well, if a little labored on my part, but as usual Dan was a constant figure in front to keep me going. I thought the final day was going to be all smiles and joy as we got ever closer to the goal but to be honest it only seemed to get further away as the weather closed in and the climbs on the A9/A99 kept on coming. A couple of the ascents were amongst the biggest tackled during the 7 days followed swiftly by some very fast descents in the wettest conditions yet that were more than a little hairy at 35+ mph.
But it’s done! Even 3 days after the finish it still hasn’t sunk in and there was a strange emptiness. At the end of almost 900 miles of cycling, the fact that we had such a tough last day meant the focus was really on getting back to our B&B to get warmed up and get some sleep. We were truly knackered.
But looking back now it has been an amazing experience, people have been behind us all the way and we have already flown past the target for our chosen charity. The fact the last day was so arduous has made it all the more memorable and even more of an achievement to be proud of.”
Well done Martin + Dan who raised in excess of £1250 for charity enroute.