I have been cycling to work near Reading for many years which is about a 20 mile round trip. Our goal was to work up to over 100 miles a week with a long ride at the weekend, which would gradually increase.

The spring was very frustrating as the weather was very cold & icy so training didn’t quite go to plan.

I joined the LEJOG Facebook page set up by Pedal Britain to help us get acquainted with fellow riders. This was a great help and provided a central place to discuss any concerns.

Co-incidentally we discovered through this group that someone else doing the same tour as us also lived in Bracknell. We met up with Sue and enjoyed doing some training rides together and getting to know each other.

Sharing ideas about kit and also knowing we had similar fears and worries was reassuring. Sue also introduced me to her ‘radar’ of which I also am now the proud owner. This has made my cycling much safer as it tells me if a car is approaching behind me & also lights up to warn approaching cars of my presence.

In the 3 months before we set off we managed to cycle 130-140 miles a week.

A month before LEJOG we went to Derbyshire for a few days to do some intense training and to find some big hills as Berkshire is fairly flat! We did 3 very hard rides of 60-70 miles with an elevation gain of about 4,585ft which included the infamous Rowsley Bar which is number 37 in the Official UK hill climbs.

We actually cycled up it twice much to the amusement of a local cyclist whose response was ‘why do you want to cycle up THAT, we don’t!’

Those few days prepared us well for LEJOG.

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