STRATEGY: get lots of sighting trips under the belt. 2 x 500-600 miles in a day on the dodgy old bike. Then the challenge: arrive at Lands End a few days before and rest, then turn up on the day and ride as long and as far as I and the bike can in the 24 hours. Learn the hare and tortoise lesson - slow and steady wins the race! Lower average speed/ pace to keep the internists down and the stamina up. Plenty of water and micro sleeps if required. Keep economy up and stops to a minimum. Arrive JOG before the sunrise.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: stage 3 or 4 needing to dig deep!
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: Glasgow to NC500 and back to a Glasgow over 4 days.
STRATEGY: Follow the guy in front – DO NOT fall asleep – constantly remind myself ‘ I am doing this for fun and for a good cause!.
WHAT YOU THINK THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE CHALLENGE WILL BE: Staying awake (linked to my strategy above!) and staying out of the ‘cramp zone’ – my knees are not what they used to be!
PREVIOUS LONGEST BIKE TRIP: I have done an IronButt Saddlesore 1000 before – but that was a LONG time ago…. So I have a clue what I am in for, just not sure how the 15yrs since I did it have taken their toll!