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3peaker

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THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS -- ABANDONED
« on: July 11, 2020, 08:55:52 pm »
The delay to re-instate Validations has advantages, one of which is not to worry about missing points on a ride. So day totals do not matter being short of 200km and no time limits.

Follow my Challenge

I am planning a private cycling tour of the UK, which includes a repeat (first ridden in 1980, when I set a record) of the 3 National Peaks by Bike (Caernarfon<Snowdon>Scafell Pike>Ben Nevis>Ft William), then visiting the UK 4 Corners: Cape Wrath, Duncansby Head, Lands End and Dover. It will include a N-S traverse John o’ Groats <> Lands End. From Lands End, I then traverse the S coast before returning to Cheltenham. I invite you to follow my progress on my tracker:  weblink: https://maps.findmespot.com/s/68QT Journey dates 12Jul<>9 Aug. I am keeping open my Sue Ryder Hospice Charity sponsorship link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Stephen-Poulton, in recognition of the care they provided my late wife Shirley, who lost her fight against Pancreatic cancer on 7th April.

When I pass through home In Cheltenham at end July, I should be able to do a couple DIY 200km Perms.
SteveP

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Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2020, 09:02:20 am »
He's in Keswick already - stopped in Main Street - presumably at a cafe.

Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2020, 03:03:36 pm »
Looks like the batteries in his tracker have run down. Last report is at the Travelodge in Fort William before he climbed Ben Nevis at 7:50am on 18 July. :'(

Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2020, 12:06:56 pm »
Locharron now (midday Monday 20th).

Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2020, 12:16:01 pm »
Just as a matter of interest, does anyone know how old he is?

Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2020, 12:32:38 pm »
Steve’s about 73 I think. Incredible!

Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2020, 12:49:08 pm »
Truly incredible :thumbsup:

Wow  :thumbsup:

Well done Steve  :thumbsup:

Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS
« Reply #7 on: July 20, 2020, 01:20:09 pm »
Yes. He was 33 when he set the record for the 3 peaks by bicycle in 1980.


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3peaker

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Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS
« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2020, 05:24:38 pm »
HERE IS THE OFFICIAL FIRST REPORT:
THREE PEAKS BY BIKE 13-18 JUL 2020

Put a few posts from my Mobile but now on PC. My 3 Peaks adventure was that and completed in 118hrs 28m, not quite the 41h 51mins of 40 years ago; but then I had a 5-man team, support van and light bikes (did I mention youth at 33). This was self-supported nostalgia, solo, laden with panniers and even cycling a lumpy route to the start in Caernarvon from Cheltenham over 2 days.

Mon 13 Jul: Left Caernarfon at 1700hrs; left Pen-y-pass 1850 Miners' path, summit 21:20. Managed to return to Miners' in heavy gloom/dusk for darkening return to PyP 23:40. Slept under awning by toilet.

Tue 14 Jul: Left 05:20 Crossed Mersey & MSC in Runcorn; difficult to find. Just S of Lancaster 23:20 slept in bus shelter.

Wed 15 Jul: Left 05:00 for Lakes. Met Chris Lister (record holder after me) in Bowness -took panniers for easy ride to Langdale ODG! Climb Rossett to Esk Hause, cloudy damp and slippery to summit. Meanwhile, Nick Ray drove bike round to Seathwaite and had new chain and pedals fitted in Keswick and then climb to join us above Esk Hause. Slipped on descent to bruise L eye and L knee. I camped at Seetoller Farm.

Thurs 16 Jul: Next day, Keswick Carlisle, Gretna old A74, now ultra-wide Cycle path; F&C in Lockerbie before climb over Beattock. to overnight by Services at Abington, arr 22:00.

Fri 17 Jul: Left 05:20 through Glasgow centre by 08:00. Egg buns nr Clydebank at roadside stall. Cycle path alongside L Lomond. Chips and coffee at Tyndrum for climb to Rannoch, helped by backwind over Rannoch Moor. Then descent to Glencoe into strong head wind. No accom in Ft William so slept in Glencoe Toilet block (50p entry- proper Audax price).

Sat 18 Jul: Next day easy to Ft William; Wetherspoons for breakfast 08:00 had to wait 20mins to open; they did not like me sleeping in the doorway! Chris had arranged for Brian Sharp and Katie Young to join me for Ben Nevis. They found my in W'spoons. Left YHA Glen Nevis 09:30; 3h 18mins to summit; 2h 20 return Cycle to sea level by Rail station; Tot time 118hrs 28mins.
Night in Craig Nevis G/H.

I dedicate this ride/climb firstly to my late wife Shirley, who was in my team in 1980 but secondly to my 4 companions in the hill, Chris, Nick, Brian and Katie for guiding me through and providing instant friendship as fellow mountaineers. Symbolically, Katie's first climb of The Ben.

Now continuing with phase 2 to link UK 4 Corners. Today recovery day before continuing holiday after epic expedition.

Stats: Long way, some hard climbing/crawling with panniers, countless catnaps.
OK: 675km  6000m climbing (excluding mountain sections) and 118hrs 28mins

Taking a day off with friends in Lochcarron. Tracker batts recharged. Hoping for easier cycling to Cape Wrath and Duncansby Head, then dash down my version of the JoGLE trail. Sorry if Tracker missed some of the fun.
SteveP

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Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS
« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2020, 05:52:00 pm »
Thought you might be laid up in the Locharron Medical Centre, Steve. All the best (and of the weather): may it turn northerly when you so want.

3peaker

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Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2020, 05:58:17 pm »
Thought you might be laid up in the Locharron Medical Centre, Steve. All the best (and of the weather): may it turn northerly when you so want.

Spotted that on theTracker next to friends bungalow and joked would not need it! Did! Have a touch of urinatory tract infection. Spot on NHS.
SteveP

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3peaker

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Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS -- ABANDONED
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2020, 11:37:59 pm »
Thought you might be laid up in the Locharron Medical Centre, Steve. All the best (and of the weather): may it turn northerly when you so want.

Spotted that on the Tracker next to friends bungalow and joked would not need it! Did! Have a touch of urinatory tract infection. Spot on NHS.
That was 3 days ago. Body malfunctioned with blocked bladder (UTI) which needed a catheter after blockage to bladder; then constipation from dehydration, which cleared this am; then low bloods (check of kidney function) and then lower legs swelling.

Earlier decided to check on camping opportunities further N to discover only fully supported units accepted. So deeply regret returning via Inverness with friend lift to either Raigmore Hospital or B&B, depending on results from 2nd bloods.

No complaints though, as, earlier stated main aim was repeat of 3 Peaks by Bike after 40 yrs.
SteveP

Promoting : Cheltenham Flyer 200, Cider with Rosie 150, Character Coln 100 21 Mar 20. (Suspended 16 Mar 20 on AUK advice)

Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS -- ABANDONED
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2020, 05:54:44 am »
Thanks for the updates Steve. Best wishes to you; congrats on the 40 (!) years later Bike 3 Peaks in good time.
Hope you also achieve success at handling the malfunctioning and the regrets!

Manotea

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Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS -- ABANDONED
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2020, 07:42:13 am »
Always an inspiration!

Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS -- ABANDONED
« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2020, 03:23:22 pm »
  Bad luck, but much respect for giving it a go. 

alfapete

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Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS -- ABANDONED
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2020, 05:20:54 pm »
Sorry to hear that, Steve, but it was a heck of a challenge!
alfapete - that's the Pete that drives the Alfa

Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS -- ABANDONED
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2020, 05:36:51 pm »
Well done on the Three Peaks, Steve. Thank goodness you weren't on a series of sanctioned 200k audaxes.

Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS -- ABANDONED
« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2020, 05:47:42 pm »
Great efffort and main objective achieved.  I haven’t got further than my neighbouring counties since start of lockdown. So well done.

FifeingEejit

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Re: THREE PEAKS BY BIKE + JoGLE + 4 CORNERS -- ABANDONED
« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2020, 10:49:33 pm »
Sorry to hear about the nature of your abandonment.
Doing the 3 peaks by bike is impressive on its own.

I've cheated my way up Snowdon and been up Scafell Pike the proper way but the Ben's never suffered my foot or tyre prints.