Point North & Pedal - Land's End to John O'Groats - Going Solo

By Phil Cox

Travel, Sports | Paperback, eBook


All profits from sales to www.criduchat.org.uk! Born out of the need to do something competitive which didn't aggravate his ruined knees, Phil took up cycling in 2008. In 2010, at the age of 39, a health issue drove him to focus more on fitness; cycling became a key part of his training regime. A chance meeting at work first sparked the idea to achieve a life’s ambition, namely to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and raise money for a small disability support group. The planning and training was the simple bit but did he have sufficient mental strength to cope with being on the road for 12 days alone? The book recounts his journey and the surprising encounters along the way; it also contains anecdotes from Phil’s past and describes his fundraising attempts prior to the ride. As the mileage mounts, there is a developing theme of people’s willingness to help and contribute. Social media provides essential support from his family and friends adding a humorous element, but is all of this enough to counter the low points of a very physical and sometimes lonely challenge? One bike, one tent, 1,000 miles – what could go wrong?


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All profits from sales to www.criduchat.org.uk! Born out of the need to do something competitive which didn't aggravate his ruined knees, Phil took up cycling in 2008. In 2010, at the age of 39, a health issue drove him to focus more on fitness; cycling became a key part of his training regime. A chance meeting at work first sparked the idea to achieve a life’s ambition, namely to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats and raise money for a small disability support group. The planning and training was the simple bit but did he have sufficient mental strength to cope with being on the road for 12 days alone? The book recounts his journey and the surprising encounters along the way; it also contains anecdotes from Phil’s past and describes his fundraising attempts prior to the rid...


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As my cricket playing days drew to an end, a lifelong enjoyment of sport led me to take up cycling in 2008. Modest commutes to work gradually led to some touring and many cycle events. This provided a perfect opportunity to work on my personal fitness, something I take seriously. My proudest achievement to date is completing the UK End to End between Land’s End and John O’Groats in 2012. Since 2010, I have involved myself in the local community helping to raise funds for projects that benefit vulnerable people. My continued association with Challow Cricket Club is more sedate these days but I fulfil a coaching role and enjoy watching from the pavilion. I like to write about on and off road riding in rural Oxfordshire where I live with my wife and two children.


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As my cricket playing days drew to an end, a lifelong enjoyment of sport led me to take up cycling in 2008. Modest commutes to work gradually led to some touring and many cycle events. This provided a perfect opportunity to work on my personal fitness, something I take seriously. My proudest achievement to date is completing the UK End to End between Land’s End and John O’Groats in 2012. Since ...


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