Our website is all about cycling, and in so doing, raise money for our charities. Last year Maxine supported the Victoria Grandmothers for Africa which is a 3-day ride in September cycling from Campbell River to Victoria. Prior to that, both Dave and Maxine supported the local YANA charity by taking part in their local Bicycle Ride in Comox sponsored by Simon’s Cycles of Comox. This year, 2017, we hope to do the same plus the MS Society of Canada Ride which takes place in the Cowichan Valley.
It is a long way from Vancouver to London, but Dave and his bicycle did just that! The ride was the “End2End” also known as “LeJoG” which is approximately a 1,500 km ride from John O’Groats at the NE tip of Scotland, down to Land’s End at the SW tip of England. Before continuing, we had great difficulty with logistics – how to get us and bikes to John O’Groats, and then from Land’s End to Heathrow. So, if you are visiting UK from overseas, we have provided a logistics section after the write-up. Go to: Logistics (You will first have to click “continue reading…” below or this “Logistics” link will not work!)
But before we start the story, here are the players:
Kate, Steve’s wife, also known as the “Queen of high gear hill climbing and chain entanglements“.
Dave’s son, Steve, also known as the “Doctor of steep, rough and long shortcuts“
both setting out from Deep River, Ontario
Samy, who before we started, had a longest bike ride of 14 kms, and also known as the “Doctor of the selfie” starting the journey from Ottawa.
And finally, me! I think the young folk regarded me as “The ancient mariner“!
We all met at Heathrow, and rented a van to take Dave and Steve plus all the bikes up to Inverness. Kate and Samy flew to Aberdeen, and thence by rail also to Inverness. There was a “small” 5 hour delay in that the bikes of both Kate and Samy did not make it onto their plane from Toronto! Luckily, there was another same day flight later! We spent the night in Inverness where Dave and Steve arrived after midnight, having driven with only a few short fueling stops. Despite the late night, we were all ready early next morning, panniers packed and ready for the trip to John O’Groats. We were collected from the hotel by The John O’Groats Bike Transport Co. to transport both ourselves and bikes to John O’Groats. What a great service and we thoroughly recommend them!
It is a very long way from Vancouver to Cape Town, but both us and Dave’s bicycle did just that! The event was the The Cape Argus Cycle Tour which is a 109 km one-day race (or fun ride!) around the picturesque Cape Penninsula, and there were 37,000 entries! The pros start at 6:15 am, then the rest of us start in groups of 600 every 4 minutes thereafter. Dave started at 7:44 am and headed off into a day of cycling in temperatures of “only” 29º C. Unlike the 2012 race, there were only a few cases of heatstroke, and Dave had no cramp problems. However, as previously, started into a 45kph headwind that blew all day!
This is a great event with the roads completely closed to all traffic from start to finish. Crowds lined the route cheering us, holding street parties, cheerleaders, etc. all the way!
Our journey was similar to 2012 being a little longer as we made a “side trip” from London to Abu Dhabi and return to see Jo, CJ and our grandchildren, Brodie and Tegan. (The bike remained at Heathrow in “Left Luggage”)
Do it again?? Yes, most likely “one of these days”!! Here are a few of the photos:
We did it! Between us, we rode for 3 charities as planned – The Multiple Sclerosis Society, Grandmothers for Africa (The Stephen Lewis Foundation) and The BC Lung Association. Many thanks to all who supported us enabling us to raise over $3,000! In addition, Dave also took part in a the BC Senior Games where he competed in the 3 road bike events, and in the 265km Victoria Gran Fondo. Here are a few photos of Maxine and the Grandmothers:
Here are a few photos of Dave at the BC Lung Trek:
Here are a few photos of Dave at the BC Seniors’ Games in Kamloops:
…and one more photo of Dave near the finish of Ryder Hesjedal’s 140km Tour de Victoria:
It is a very long way from Vancouver to Peru, but both us did just that! We did not take our bicycles, but in Arequipa Dave rented a mountain bike, and took a ride down Mt Misti! Here is Dave about to set off and a photo of Old Arequipa taken towards the end of the ride:
Click here for Cycling down Mt Misti
We did not go to South America just for this, but went to the Galapogos Islands, Machu Picchu and Bolivia, but not being bicycle related, those stories and photos are on Facebook!