TORQ owner Matt Hart is helping the inspirational William Tan get from Land’s End to John o’Groats in just 9 days on his hand bike with friends Peter and Alan. They are also going the pretty way, averaging over 100 miles per day with quite a few hills to get over. All proceeds go to Bloodwise to fight blood cancer.
What a difference a day makes! A day of wall-to-wall sunshine in the north east of England meant that the LEJOG team got some serious respite from the lousy weather they have had to deal with over the last couple of days. It was a great day to be on a bike and the last climb over the Lake District and descent into Penrith had everyone smiling. Haydock to Penrith – 99 miles and 4,500 ft of climbing.
As the team has come to expect, the day was not without it’s dramas. Matt’s bike started to creak in the sunshine – the rain from the torrential rain from the previous days had worked its way into his bottom bracket and the thought of entering the Scottish Highlands with a bike that could fail meant that it had to be dealt with. The team diverted to a less pretty, but more direct route to Kendal where they visited the highly recommended Wheelbase Cycles who turned around the repair immediately. Thank you for the incredible service guys and great to see the fully stocked TORQ display in-store too.
The TORQ bike is now repaired and ready to hit the Highlands. It’s the team’s longest day today (115 miles) but less climbing than yesterday and the weather forecast on the Scottish borders is for more sunshine, so everyone is feeling positive – they are also over half way through this challenge.
We’ll tell you more about the unique ‘power-sharing’ device Matt and Will have designed in another post, but it essentially links their bikes together so that they can combine their power outputs on the climbs. But after a series of modifications, this finally worked properly today, so more reason to be positive.
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