IAN TO - LEJOG

WELCOME TO THE ALL ACCESS - BEHIND THE SCENES PAGE FOR IAN TO's LANDS END TO JOHN O'GROATS SEPTEMBER RECORD ATTEMPT!

After the first attempt failure back in May, due to factors out of Ian's control, the Ultra Cycling record holder has been putting in the miles & training to ensure he's fully ready for the September attempt!

Project 44 - take two - will be on the road THIS WEEKEND! We will be getting you as close to Ian's attempt as we can, without setting up a web cam on his handlebars... Although, it's not a bad shout! Our workshop manager, Dave, will be in the support car as Ian's Head Mechanic - also doubling up as our on board gossip girl... Dave will be send across images & updates which we will be uploading through out our social media pages & this page. 

Stay tuned - there's 840+ miles ahead & we'll keep you up with the challenge!

RECORD STATS

 TOTAL DISTANCE: 841 miles
TOTAL CLIMBING: 36,000 Feet 
TOTAL WHEEL REVOLUTIONS: 647,106 Full Revolutions
TOTAL COUNTIES PASSED THROUGH: 21 Counties
LONGEST RECORD HOLDER: 17 YEARS | 44HRS 4MINS 19SECS | G. Butler
CURRENT RECORD HOLDER: Set back in June | 43HRS 25MINS and 13SECS | Michael Broadwith

 

Bike & Sponsors

Get closer to the athlete and his steed... Meet the Velocite SYN:

"Designed by science, not by guesswork and a marketing brief. The Velocite Syn is the fastest road bike in the world today. Over two years of research, development and testing delivers the ultimate combination of aerodynamics, stiffness and comfort." 

 

Mitchell Cycles have been supporting locals riders for many years, mainly within the mountain bike disciplines but Ian started working closely with the store a few years back as he focused on his Ultra Cycling races. Then he joined our Team Mitchell Cycles rooster as the only road based cyclist - since then we have supported him with the mechanical and technical work. Head mechanic, Dave, accompanied Ian's team as his chief mechanic on the last attempt and will also be on hand through out this attempt. 

Second generation and Mitchell's owner Andrew Mitchell said "We like supporting people that like to ride bikes; no matter the style we appreciate & understand people who find happiness whilst riding bikes, we want to be able to help others achieve their potential within the sport whether thats on a smaller - more local stage or at the top level. It's great that Ian is taking on such a tough challenge, we have a lot of respect for his determined mindset - he wants to give it everything & we're very happy to be able to support him - Good luck to the team & Ian!

Live Link To Attempt:

click the link above OR please copy & paste the full link below

https://gps.blackblox.si/login/ian?c=51.55577390000001:-1.7797176000000263:8

MC Update Table

UPDATE CENTRAL...!

NO# UPDATE & INFO LOCATION IMAGE INFO FEED
#1 Heading to the start line Swindon
#2 Getting Ready - support cars getting set up. Swindon
#3

Check out the weather forecast for Sunday morning - looking very favourable for the attempt! 

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#4

Members of the team arrive at the start line. Ahead of the final day before the attempt.

Lands End
#5 Dave with the Final bike prep before the attempt tomorrow!! Lands End
#6 Ian's Off - officially started and set on his way - #LEJOG44 Lands End
#7 The Start #LEJOG44 Lands End
#8 Off and running. Support us along the route, approximate pass times are :
05:15 Start
06:00 Penzance
07:30 Cornwall Services
09:15 Oakhampton
10:30 Exeter
11:50 Taunton
13:30 Bristol
14:10 Quedgeley
15:30 Gloucester
16:00 Tewkesbury
16:45 Worcester
17:30 Kidderminster
18:00 Bridgenorth
18:30 Telford
19:45 Whitchurch
21:10 Warrington
21:45 Wigan
22:45 Preston
23:10 Lancaster
01:30 Shap
02:25 Penrith
03:15 Carlisle
03:25 Gretna
06:20 Abingdon
08:00 Edinburgh
08:30 Forth Bridge
10:15 Perth
13:20 Dalwhinnie
17:00 Inverness
18:25 Tain
21:07 Helmsdale
22:05 Wick
23:15 Jon O’Groats
Cornwall
#9 Brown Willy is Cornwall's highest hill, with a summit reaching 1,378 feet above sea level. Located among the rocky outcrops and desolate reaches of Bodmin Moor, with cairns that date back to the early Bronze Age, Brown Willy has been considered a sacred place for thousands of years.
#lejog44 #bodminmoor #brownwilly
Cornwall
#10 The first of many county border crossings. Goodbye Cornwall, Hello Devon.
#lejog44
Devon
#11 5hours in 115miles covered averaging 23mph.
#lejog44
#12 First team stop.
Quick refuel for Ian, swapped over support vehicles and swiftly back on the road.
#13 11:50. Passing the 700 miles 
Approximately 20 minutes behind schedule.
But Ian is smiling and pushing on very strong.
#14 Heading to Bridgewater
#15 13:25
20 miles south of Bristol.
660 miles to go.
15 minutes behind schedule.
#16 Making gains Bristol
#17 #TeamWork Bristol
#18 Smiles for Miles Bristol
#19 Words from Ian " Feeling Strong, Relaxed & Happy"
#20 19:15 The team stopped to switch up and get ready for the night shift... Wet weather riding kit & new night lights ready for the miles throughout tonight!
#21 Night Stop - switching it up ready for the darkness...
#22 14 hours in : 582 miles to go.
15 minutes behind schedule.
Rain backing off now.
#23 Reflective and waterproof from Asos_lndn 
#24

#LEJOG44

Approaching Warrington

A49
#25 PIT STOP!
#26
#27
#28
#29 Downhill in cold mist ... 
#30 04:36 LEJOG44 world record attempt aborted. Ian, all support crew and observers are safe and well.
With deteriorating favourable conditions, deep fatigue and an ever increasing gap to target record times. Ian and his crew have agreed, in the interests of safety to stop.

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