Posted by: Simon Berry | 9 June 2007

This blog receives accolade

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Ian Clare of ‘The Ultimate Links List of Land’s End to John o’ Groats Cycle Trips‘ has described this blog as “Possibly the most detailed account ever”.

I have used Ian’s list of links and other sources to create a list of shared bookmarks in and this can be accessed here: I have tagged the links to make it easier to home in on rides that you are interested in eg tandem rides, East Penine routes, LEJOG and JOGLE rides and so on.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 7 February 2007

New project underway

The gpscycle project is taking shape here.

At the time of writing I have got as far as Evesham. I hope to have the whole route in place by mid March with a view to cycling the route with others in late May/early June.

Please leave a comment if you’d like to participate or have any comments on the site.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 22 October 2006

The next project . . .

My GPS was the most useful gadget on this trip. It took me to my accommodation at the end of each night without fail.

I’d now like to see if I can produce GPS files like the ones you can download for this trip (click here) for the whole of the National Cycle Network (NCN). I have found the NCN great but poorly signposted. On this trip I had to give up on a NCN route 10 miles north of Glasgow due to poor signage.

The idea would be to produce such files using a PC (ie without actually cycling the routes) and then publish them on a website for cyclists to download. The website would also enable people to submit variations and files generated by actually cycling the routes.

I am currently researching the maps/programs I would need to get this project started.

Have you got any such files? Please comment on this entry if you have. Thanks.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 2 October 2006

Money, money, money

A big thanks to those who donated cash to the cause (you know who you are). The final tally was £1,090.18 for the ruralnet|uk participation fund.

Donated through PayPal: 355 (before we had the Justgiving facility in place)
Cash and cheques: £436.93
Donated via Justgiving: £250
GiftAid less Justgiving charges: £48.25
TOTAL: £1,090.18

More on the good cause>>

Posted by: Simon Berry | 17 July 2006

The most telling statistic

Those of you who have read the account of the ride will know that Day 2 was the toughest (Stages 2 and 3). However, this hasn’t come through in the stats published so far. The secret, I have discovered, lies in the total ascent of the day. This seems to be the best indicator of the ‘toughness’ of the day.

Interestingly, very few of the days were significantly more ‘up hill’ than others. This means that the fact that you freewheel down the other side of the hill is no compensation in terms of how tired you feel. It just serves to keep your average speed up.

Click on the image to see the stats. The total ascent on Day 2 was 6,460 ft. In comparison, Day 6, which included Shap, was ‘only’ 4,281ft. I climbed 35,500 feet in total (Mount Everest is 29,035 feet above sea level).

If you sort this data by ‘Day Ascent’ it puts the days in order of actual difficulty as experienced by me.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 2 July 2006

The final analysis

At last, all the details of all the stages of the trip have been posted and are available here.

There is one post per stage and each one contains:

  • Title (inc start and finish location of the stage)
  • A map showing the route (click to see full-size)
  • A graphic showing the vertical profile of the route (click to see full-size)*
  • A short narrative
  • The downloadable tracklog file generated by the GPS (text format)
  • A downloadable track file (Magellan MapSend format)
  • Summary statistics of the stage

*All vertical profiles have the same horizontal and vertical scale to make them directly comparable.

All feedback would be gratefully received (use the comment feature).

Once again – thanks to everyone who supported me in this little project. It’s been a fantastic experience.

Over and out.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 25 June 2006

Vertical profile tool finalised

This is an update to the Excel spreadsheet discussed previously .

The spreadsheet takes ‘Track Log’ files created by the Magellan eXplorist 600, derives ‘distance covered’ data and then generates a vertical profile chart. The spreadsheet contains instructions and a sample set of data. It can be downloaded here. If you download the file and find it useful please consider making a donation to the good cause here. Many thanks.

If you have any questions about the use of the spreadsheet please leave a comment.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 22 June 2006

Vertical profiles on their way

Sorry nothing has appeared on this page for a while. I am preparing the vertical profiles but it’s taking a while with this sunny weather as a distraction.

This image is the profile from Day 2/Stage 2 – the toughest one of the whole ride – from St Wenn to Okehampton. Click on it to see it full size.

A couple of video clips and several photos have been posted up. The photos go straight into the album which you can get to by clicking on the lower picture to the right.

I have back-dated the videos to the date they were taken and so these haven’t appeared on the homepage either. Click on the top right image to see these.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 14 June 2006

Sorry – I lied about the miles!

Here is a summary of the ride stats. Click on the image to enlarge it. The first thing to say is that going through my notebook I found a mistake in my total miles calculations (I put it down to low blood sugar!).

The total mileage was in fact 980 miles. Other highlights are:
– overall average speed: 13.60 mph
– time in the saddle: 72 hrs 2 mins 49 secs
– maximum speed: 46.4 mph
– maximum daily mileage: 129 miles
– minimum daily mileage: 64miles (last day)
– ride duration: 10 days

I will posting the vertical profiles for each stage shortly.

Posted by: Simon Berry | 10 June 2006

Where are your panniers?

This often-asked question highlighted one of the advantages of choosing a Moulton for this journey. I was travelling light and all my luggage was stowed ‘in-line’. In bags and in the frame itself. This is shown in this ‘walk around’ the bike. This video was taken more than 800 miles into the ride.

A few additional points not made in this video are: 1) the pedals were reversible – flat on one side and with clips on the other. I was clipped in 99% of the time; 2) I was carrying a foldable tyre in the back bag which was fitted just north of Glasgow; 3) I had spare spokes taped to the rear triangle – look out for these in the video; 4) The zip ties stayed on the frame and formed loops and clothing was tucked underneath them – long velcro traps would have been better; 5) I had a pump clipped to the bottle holder on the underside of the frame; 6) If it had rained I had re-sealable polythene bags to wrap things up in.

[The video may take a few moments to load and appear below – if it doesn’t appear you might also want to try and view the video directly on the YouTube site. To do this click here.]

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