Tom’s Isle to Isle bike ride


I made it!! 300 miles in the Isle to Isle charity bike ride from Anglesey to Ely.  Myself and the Octagon Cyclers raised nearly £3000 for The Ely Food Bank!  I personally raised close to £150.  To read more about my adventure, click below

crossing-menai-bridgeAfter an early 5.00am kick off on Sunday morning, we made our way to our start line on the Menai Bridge and began the first 20 mile section of our ride, this eased me in nicely and was just the warm up for section 2 which included the challenging Llanberis Pass which had the whole team cycling up part of the prestigious Snowdon mountain.sunny-llanberis-pass

With lunch time upon us and the toughest part of the climb under our belts, we watched the clouds roll in and the heavens open, with the rain staying with us for over 2 hours everyone had to push for another 75 miles of grueling mountainous passes before we could call the first day done with a total climb of 10,500 feet!


I have never been so happy to see a Pizza Express and we certainly made the most of our evening, two pizzas, two desserts and a refreshing pint of IPA sent me off to sleep before my head hit the pillow.

My 6.00am wake up call on day 2 had me feeling the affects of our 150 mile achievement, with my muscles…and other parts of my body aching I rejoined the team and we set off from Worcester Travel Lodge at 7.00am hoping for better weather.worcester-group-photo

Powering through was everyone’s game plan and we set a pretty impressive pace covering 48 miles in 3 hours in section 1.  From our quick lunch stop in Olney it was all about the home stretch where stamina and determination carried me through the last 70 miles as my legs realised I wasn’t stopping for some time it was a race to the finish line.

We made it back to Ely at 8.00pm and were welcomed by a large gathering of friends and family, feeling a little bit tired but immensely proud of myself and all the other riders.  After the team speech and photo’s having been taken, I headed off to stuff my face at The Minster.  Team spirit was a huge part of this ride and I couldn’t have completed this monumental challenge without the support of the Octagon Cyclers.  I’m so proud of the whole team for raising such a fantastic amount of money for this great local charity.

I’d like to thank everyone for helping me through this ride, from borrowing kit as I was SUPER under prepared, to helping rebuild my bike, to pushing me through the tough bits, in particular Robin Jones, for coming back and getting me at one point!isle-to-isle-ely