Cyclists gear up to tackle 950-mile ride

Epwell JOGLE NNL-150817-093932001
Epwell JOGLE NNL-150817-093932001

A group of ‘weekend’ cyclists are putting their pedal power to the test – by taking on one of the toughest rides in the UK.

On September 4, the 17-strong team will set off on the gruelling 950-mile journey from John O’Groats in the north of Scotland to Land’s End in Cornwall.

The team, known as the Epwell JOGLE, plan to push themselves to their limits, covering a massive 100 miles a day.

And they should have the experience to take them all the way.

Chris Baker, one of the riders, said: “Our group of 17 mostly villagers or locals 
comprises two ladies and 15 gents, ranging in age from mid-20s to mid-60s – most 
being over 50 years of age.

“We’ll be in the saddle for about eight hours a day but we’ve got proper 
accommodation so we can have a rest in between.

“We’re currently covering around 150 miles a week in training.”

The group – many of who have bought new alloy or 
carbon fibre racing bikes for the challenge – have already raised £765.

Whatever they raise will be split between four charities – Katharine House Hospice in Banbury, Macmillan Cancer Support, Alzheimer’s Research UK and also money for Epwell Village play park.

Go to to donate.