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Life Cycle 5 – From Lochs and Glens to Cathedrals and Minsters

Our final challenge of Life Cycle 5 was meant to be ‘Lochs and Glens’, a 205 mile route from Inverness to Glasgow, through challenging, but scenic terrain. But it was not for me. The night before heading to Inverness, my wife Susan was admitted to QMC with acute appendicitis, which turned out to be rather …

Nottingham Life Cycle 5: The Vice Chancellor’s Blog

The LC5 Community Day The timing of this year’s Nottingham Life Cycle Community Day was different, coming between challenges, rather than at the end of one, but the core ingredients were not. That started with a huge number of riders. More than 500 embarked on one of four challenges: 10, 25, 50 or 75 miles; …

Nottingham Life Cycle 5: The Vice Chancellor’s Blog

Way of the Roses: Bridlington to Morecambe This will be a different kind of Life Cycle blog, because this is a different kind of Life Cycle. Despite the plan for only one Nottingham Life Cycle, we have now completed four, and for four different causes. Together they have raised £1.5 million. All of us associated …

The VC’s Life Cycle 4 Blog: Day 17 – The LC4 Community Day

An unusual start to the day: a blog to finish as always, but no breakfast cramming, no mad dash to get kitted up and get off, no route planning; some riders were even reading newspapers after breakfast. A minibus collected us at 0830 to go from Perth to Edinburgh Airport, and after check in, first …

The VC’s Life Cycle 4 Blog: Day 16 – Tongue to John O’Groats

At 14:40 we arrived at the place where the first Life Cycle began, John O’Groats. After 1,370 miles and more than 60,000 feet of climbing we reached our fourth corner and the end of our challenge. There were tears of joy and relief, there was elation, there was satisfaction. We had made it. We left …

The VC’s Life Cycle 4 Blog: Day 15 – Inchnadamph to Tongue

Some of us stayed at the Inchnadamph Hotel, and some in the hostel across the field. The owner of the hotel recognised us from two years ago, bought us a round of drinks, and although our deal was continental breakfast he was up cooking full breakfasts at 06:30, so we set off well fed. I …

The VC’s Life Cycle 4 Blog: Day 14 – Strathpeffer to Inchnadamph

At 65 miles, this was the shortest day of the entire trip. With almost 4,000 feet of climbing, and a lot by way of headwinds, it was still a challenge, but having a day of this length now was helpful. The child we were riding in honour of today was Leah Brockbank and Penelope was …

The VC’s Life Cycle 4 Blog: Day 13 – Spean Bridge to Strathpeffer

I started with the best breakfast of this trip today at the Spean Bridge Lodge B&B, beautifully served by Glen. Moreover, having pretty well finished Day 12s blog last night, I had time to actually eat it, rather than just cram. The only problem was I had left Marion to order for me last night …

The VC’s Life Cycle 4 Blog: Day 12 – Cairndow to Spean Bridge

Two further milestones were passed today: the riders have now cycled further than Life Cycle 1 (1,037 miles) and Life Cycle 2 (1,087 miles). That puts the current challenge in perspective. Well done to all. Today we were riding for Boyan Wei. I had the pleasure of meeting Boyan and his Mother at a recent …

The VC’s Life Cycle 4 Blog: Day 11 – Cumnock to Cairndow

We passed 1,000 miles today. I have done it three times before, but it was still a big thrill, especially because the Support Team had laid out a 1,000 mile finishing line across the road (using some of our protein powder!). Today we were riding in honour of Eloise Mills, and Steve W was our …