Alternative challenge to a postponed RAID Pyrenean – Winchester to Land’s End and back unsupported in 6 days!

Sean, James and Crispin took on an alternative challenge to a postponed RAID Pyrenean, by cycling unsupported from Winchester to Land’s End and back in 6 days this September. Bikes laden with minimal tools, spares and clothing, we set off to Bridport, our first day’s stop with Plymouth, Penzance, Okehampton and Street all ahead of us, before we headed back home.

The weather was kind to us, with five days of glorious sunshine and just one wet day on the north Cornish coast. Fuelled mainly by Cornish pasties, we survived with no punctures, no mechanicals and crossed estuaries on six ferries.

Highlights of the week, included the views of St Michael’s Mount at Marazion and the tailwind assisted chain gang from Land’s End to Penzance at the end of day 3. Achievements included two tough hills – Abbotsbury Hill, heading west towards Bridport on day 1 with gradients of 17% in places and Peak Hill Road, climbing west out of Sidmouth on day 2. Its steepest section topping out at 23%. There were many more! Those that know that South West know about the relentless hills!

All in all, a truly challenging and enjoyable trip, a total of 990km and 13,600m climbed. More than the RAID Pyrenean, so it made perfect use of this year’s training!