On Monday July 19th 2021, the capers of ‘quatre’ codgers sur lears velos will set off from Broadstairs in Kent to cycle north to Cape Wrath. A ride of nearly 1,000 miles with over 17,000m of elevation. These four codgers, clad in lycra on their road bikes and with as little luggage as possible, will head up the eastern side of the UK before crossing to the north west of Scotland, through towns such as Canterbury, Ely, Ripon, Bellingham to Innerleithen, Braemar, Inverness Laig and finally to Cape Wrath.

Some of you will remember that my good friend Andy Hill and I cycled across America from Seattle to Boston a few years ago and I have since completed several long-distance trips on two wheels and leg power, not least Spain to Norway in 2018. Andy and I again joined up to cross the Pyrenean mountains from Biarritz to Perpignan, Andy having planned that every possible mountain that could be cycled, was!

Plans for the past eighteen months have been affected by the pandemic. Covid has effected us all, some tragically and irreversibly, others less so and yet others have benefited. Although it has impacted, I have been fortunate. First there was a planned cycle trip that would have started in Athens and finished in Yorkshire where I live. Then a second trip that would have started from Tallinn in Estonia, south through eastern Europe to Bulgaria and then west to Albania and north to finish in Dubrovnik. Both had to be cancelled. However over the last year so many of us have rekindled our relationship with the country we live in. There are so truly wonderful places here in the UK.

So, if you are interested, Andy, Colin, Colin ( yes, there are two) and myself will be mounting up to ride every day until August 3rd, when we retreat from Durness to Kinbrace to catch our train home. I will be posting blogs, and Strava should show our route.

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