Monthly Archives: September 2014

Ballater to Inverness

now over Cock Hill, just two days left of Brick Susko’s from NYC ride LEJOG, an excellent cycling blog

Brick's Ride Across the UK

Today’s ride was a challenge. It was only 74 miles but 5500 feet of climbing pretty much all concentrated in the first 35 miles. There were several climbs with 18 degree gradients but the kicker was right after Cock’s Bridge where the road abruptly turned upward at a 20 degree slope and continued for a mile varying between 16 degrees and 20 degrees with an occasional respite at 12. As we climbed we headed into dense fog and had no idea what was ahead. Finally, after several “dig a little deeper when you can’t dig no more” moments, the road flattened with what looked like a preciptous drop into the clouds off road on our left, then we descended slightly with great joy and then back into the fog for another quarter mile of the unknown at 18 degrees up. It was one tough climb and I now know that…

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Sunday: Lands End to Bodmin

Brick's Ride Across the UK

We started at a relatively late 9:30am and headed to Lands End. The morning was a bit nippy and quite windy in the unusual wrong direction; after that the day was phenomenal–sunny but with a slight chill in the air. This was a 74.3 mile day with a ton of hills and 5500 feet of climbing. The downhills were steep, narrow and gave little help up the next hill. A hard days work to be sure. Elevation profile here:

The day started with a proper English breakfast. First, cereal with with what looked like a jam or fruit spread on top. Then scrambled eggs with salmon on granary bread. It was much better than the US style motel turn the cereal crank breakfast. Then time to ride and off to Land’s End, the very tip of England and the place of what self-purports to be the most famous sign in…

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