Do many End to End riders ever cross paths and wave to each other, when riding the iconic route between Lands End and John O?Groats?
We?re about to find out.
Peter King, the former CEO of British Cycling, is due to set off from Lands End on his 850-mile End to End ride in aid of Prostate UK on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, Lincoln?s Dan Dolby and two friends will be tackling the iconic route from the other direction, leaving John O?Groats on Thursday. They are raising money for the charity, Headway and for charity funds on behalf of the Sheriff of Lincoln.
King is scheduled to take eight days. Dolby and Neil Garbutt and Mark Timms route is 100 miles longer and they are aiming for 10 days.
King starting from Land?s End
King is 65 and five years ago he was successfully treated for prostate cancer. This ride is his way of saying thanks to the medical team who have him a new lease of life. To donate to his charity, go to Just giving
Already, he?s raised over £10,000, including a wad from American Lance Armstrong, the seven times Tour de France winner who survived testicular cancer in the late 1990s.
King says; ?I will be fulfilling a promise made five years ago to Professor Roger Kirby when he removed my cancerous prostate and thereby gave me a new lease of life – namely that I would celebrate five years of that new life by undertaking a serious fundraising cycling challenge.”
“Without Roger’s skill and the research work and support of the charity of which he is the President I may not have been able to ride my bike at all today, let alone take on the infamous End to End challenge.”
King has company for the first three days, which will see him reach Warrington on Sunday. But he could do with companions for the later stages, he says.
For updates on how well King is going, you can listen to the man himself by connecting to.- www.ipadio.com/phlogs/peterking
Friday May 22 – Land’s End to Exeter.
Saturday May 23 – Exeter to Gloucester.
Sunday May 24 – Gloucester to Warrington.
Monday May 25 – Warrington to Carlisle.
Tuesday May 26 – Carlisle to Stirling.
Wednesday May 27 – Stirling to Aviemore
Thursday May 28 – Aviemore to Helmsdale
Friday May 29 – Helmsdale to John O’Groats.
Dolby starting from John O?Groats
Dan Dolby is the son of the late Leigh Dolby who was killed on his bike when teenage driver Thomas Duffield ran him down from behind some 20 months ago.
The ensuing unsatisfactory outcome to this case was reported in Cycling Weekly. ?Duffield was charged with causing death by dangerous driving but still only given only a 12-month jail term, despite lying about the use of his use of a mobile phone at around the time of the collision.
The Dolby family have been left reeling at the injustices of the legal system. This ride by his son Dan is in memory of his father, who took part in many charity rides and was a keen cyclist.
?I?ve been approached by Frank Connell (the Sheriff of Lincoln) to help him raise charitable funds,? says Dan. ?So Neil, Mark and I are raising money on his and the Mayors behalf for some of their chosen charities that they support during their term in office. My other personal chosen charity is Headway as that?s the charity that my dad and I always supported with our previous fund raising efforts.?
They are also having an after ride Auction Night at the Bentley Hotel in Lincoln on July 24. This is to help raise more funds for the same charities. Prizes include football tickets to see Arsenal & Man Utd, laptops and one of the bikes they used for the ride. Details of the route are on the web site www.end2end2009.co.uk
If you haven?t already signed the petition calling for tougher laws to deal with illegal use of mobile phones by drivers, you can do so by going to the following website.