WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:I think the hardest part of this trip for me will be all the various aches and pains I seem to have accumulated but I am really looking forward to it.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:750 miles in about 16 hours from Lairg in Northern Scotland to Folkestone with a few detours. That was about 20 years ago on a Triumph Tiger 900 when I was lighter, fitter and most importantly younger.
STRATEGY:Press on and do as many miles with minimum stop times, whilst the roads are quiet and I am not tired. Keep hydrated and fueled with energy bars.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:Biggest problem discomfort from sitting on bike for so long and getting tired as the light levels drop in Scotland. Possibly the biggest challenge I have attempted. Be absolutely amazing to start at Lands End and finish at J O'Groats. Hopefully I can raise lots of money for CRUK
STRATEGY:My cunning plan is to take it steady and stick with other riders, quick stops so not hanging about after filling up.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:The last 5 hours will be pretty difficult so I plan on putting on some music and pick up the pace.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:I’ve ridden all over Europe, covering up to 600 miles a day. I did a ride to the bottom of Spain 20 years ago with my brother in law who was riding this bandit. He passed away from Cancer at the age of 59 which is the same age I am now.
STRATEGY:Stay awake and don’t think about my ass. Which I think will be the main challenge.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:I’ve done lots of long trips on my Africa twin, north Scotland in two days from Somerset , and to Switzerland and Italy , also to the the southern tip of Spain riding trough France.
STRATEGY:When faced with a solid wall built of many unknown perils, simply begin. The rest will follow. Or something like that. Honestly, to have a strategy implies you have a clue about what’s going to happen. I’m preferring the blind faith approach on this one.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:Actually not being a flake and pulling out because I’ve got post-covid anxiety about something trivial. Fact. But now I’ve gone public, I can’t, can I?!
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:Around 500 miles in a day.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:Old man aches and pains being in same position for so long on cramped bike, not helped by injury to knee last summer coming off my bike at work
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:No massive long distances but probably trip up to and back from fort william when i did the nc 500 a few years ago (about 400 miles each way.)
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:Leaving for home the day after an amazing experience.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:Longest ride to date: 500 mile boundary challenge on a SRAD750. 500 miles around the geographical boundary served by the Great North Air Ambulance. Walking like John Wayne for weeks afterwards.
STRATEGY:My strategy is to stay awake, not stop for too long at meeting points and petrol stations and try to get to John O’Groats within 24 hours with hopefully no breakdowns (some hope !!!). I would like to do as much of the journey in daylight as possible as riding in the early hours through unlit Scottish roads doesn't fill me with joy !!!
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:The hardest part will definitely be the number of hours in the saddle. Staying awake and alert will really be difficult for an extended period. I am also worried that the bike fails and I won’t be able to fix it to finish the challenge. I don’t want to let the people day who have sponsored me. But I am really looking forward to the challenge and completing a ride of a litetime.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:I rode back to the UK nonstop from Luxembourg through the night. But that trip was on a far newer Triumph Sprint GT and I had backache for a number of days afterwards!!! What nearly 24 hours will do, who knows!!!
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:I think the hardest part of the challenge will be sportsbike comfort, although I’ve previously been to Assen and rode to the Nurburgring and B500 in Germany on a R1.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:A 10 day trip to Austria and the Stelvio Pass. But was nowhere near as intense as riding the length of Britain in 24 hours
STRATEGY:Head north, follow someone who look like they know what they are doing, and enjoy the journey, the destination is important but don’t forget the reason we are all doing this so enjoy the day.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:Tiredness, being on a bike is hard enough, but being tired on a bike will be my biggest concern especially when it starts to get dark, I was involved with the first Iraq war in 1990, spent 3 days without sleep, driving a truck, and the mind starts to play tricks, much older and wiser now.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:I generally do 500miles a year on the national road rally, but no long trips on the bike, some riding in Ireland with my brother, but not long days, tracing to the south of France, this will be a new one for me.
BIKE:Currently have a cheap Chinese 125cc. This may change depending on if something else turns up that takes my fancy or I decide I don’t want to do it at a snails pace! Time will tell.
STRATEGY:My strategy is to try and stay confident and keep spirits high and no matter what, have a laugh along the way!
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:I think the toughest part could be the weather depending on how lucky we get and making sure not to let the shear size of the journey get the better of you.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:Previous longest bike trip was in august last year with Shaun Williams and Hannah Taylor who are also on this ride when we rode to the Cookstown 100 the long way up through Cairnryan.
STRATEGY:As steady as possible, low fuel consumption for maximum range.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE:If it rains, then all of it. If we're lucky with the weather, the toughest part I think will be 8am to 12pm. Having ridden for four hours already and realising how far is left to go will be tough. However, IF by some miracle I make it to Scotland or Cumbria before sunset the views will make it all worthwhile.
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP:Norwich to Ireland via Scotland