Sunday, June 2, 2013

The big finish

Final day of 87miles but some serious climbing. Knees were straining but the team was working together well, averaging an even 20mph for some of the longer flat stretches. 

A minor route failure had us riding across a field and nearly fording steams at one point, so once again 'Sorry Boys' (from Richard).

The run into the finish saw a great welcome with lots of supporters present, so thank you to everyone all for supporting and following us on our journey.

All the biglads.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Day 2 all done and dusted.

110 miles blasted out today from Spanby to Haxby (just outside York). Really nice and flat route with some lovely off road 'bone shaking' bobbly farm tracks! Only one puncture today (me, Lange) and the only other major thing to report is that I am the fastest man on two wheels over a mile! Relaxing now in our "family" room! We are one bloody tall, bloody ugly family! Last day tomorrow until we roll into Newcastle! Nighty night fans!!!

Day 2, Part 2

After a quick stop in Lincoln we were away, up the steepest hill of the trip (ouch!). It was this point we were met by David and Gill which was a great morale boost.

Roads from here on were typically quiet, flat, smooth and fast... Apart from one minor detour along a dirt farm track (oops). Speeds were high, legs feeling good and everyone was working together, a really great days riding. 

Spirits, team morale and blood sugar levels all raised!

The "Big Lads" received a very welcome visit from today's official support crew, David and Gill. Nutritional and emotional support was dished out in copious amounts and after cuddles all round, loads of energy supplies and the offer of some ice cubes for my gentlemen area the "Big Lads" were on their way again! Massive thanks to David and Gill for giving us a right good boost! Please see below for a picture of an evil looking jelly baby!

Quote of the day so far!

"So do all of you guys bat for the other team?"  Take a look at the picture and decide for yourself! 

Day 2, part 1

With a tear in the eye as we set off (saddle sores not emotion) legs were stiff and pace was easy.

With a touch of rain falling moods were low but after a few miles spirits lifted and we were cracking along at a good pace. 25miles flew by and after a swift detour to a bike shop to pick up some new tubes we are currently reclining a Duke favourite new coffee shop. Only 75 more miles today...

Day one...

Day one. 120+ miles in just under 12 hrs. Several minor delays but we got there in the end.

Themes of the day were headwind, hills, eating and baking sun!  Temperatures actually hit 24c at one point and the wind was warm which made everyone very thirsty. Some minor sunburn but the sun lotion was out in force. 

Only 2 days to go!

Ooh yeah baby!

First 'little' stop of day 2 in Lincoln. Lemon meringue pies all round!!! Fantastic! 

Friday, May 31, 2013

Second puncture of the trip!!!

Oh dear! Number two for the same man! Dear oh dear! 

First puncture of the trip!

Well it was always going to happen at some point and 'luckily' it happened to the only man who knows what he is doing! We will be zooming off in no time! 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The start of this crazy adventure!

What a feast!!!

We have just finished a mountain of lasagna and apple pie (and lime cheesecake) so feeling full and nicely fuelled up ready for tackling 200km tomorrow! Woop woop! 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Hi All, here are the rough routes for our ride. Hopefully we will manage to stick to them and not get lost!

Route - day 1

Route - day 2

Route - day 3

Follow us on route!

It was suggested that expecting friends and family to follow us down the road shouting encouragement might be a bit excessive (tho we are massive celebrities!), so instead we will have a live tracker with regular updates of our position.

It is (hopefully) on the menu bar to the left, the image should show latest position and the link below it should take you to a full screen view.

Also on the side menu is a link to Instagram where there will hopefully be pics of us as we cycle along.
(or LINK here)

It almost like being there, except probably warmer and with a tv.

Thursday, May 23, 2013


In preparation for our little challenge we managed to re-arrange so diaries and get the group together for a nice 70mile jaunt around Northumberland. Suffice to say it was cold, windy and far too hilly. I think everyone enjoyed it tho...?

More Team Kit!

Well we have secured another fine sponsor of our little challenge, have kindly offered to print up our Deko race jerseys so we can look (if not feel) pro!

Thanks piranhaprint!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Team Kit

We have just been given some great team kit buy the guys at DEKO...

Looking stylish!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Welcome to the BigOne!

Hello and welcome to the Big Lads Big One!

In a continuation of daft events for charity, 4 of the big lads are riding from London to Newcastle over 3 days from 31st May to 2nd June.

Our just giving page is here;

Justgiving - BigLadsBigOne

More details to follow...

This is not the first time we have done something stupid for charity, just last year we walked from Carlisle to Newcastle in 26hrs, a challenge that had us crawling to the finish on the quayside, complete with bleeding feet.