My name is Steve Pullan and I’m lucky enough to live in a fabulous part of the country in Devon. The moors and open countryside are on the doorstep and that lends itself to some fantastic cycling (if you don’t mind the west country rain and the hills!). I’ve only really been cycling seriously since moving to Tavistock, where my enthusiasm hit an all-time high. In 2014, I decided to make use of it and take on the Land’s End to John O’Groats challenge.
I rode solo and unsupported and did intend to keep costs down by going armed with a tent and sleeping bag but due to an appalling winter and being unsure of what spring had in mind, I opted for the B&B option. The ride covered a little over 917 puncture-free miles and involved quite a few climbs both in the far north-east of Scotland and also Devon and Cornwall (I’ve had been reliably informed that Devon and Cornwall is by far the worst part of it and I have to say, I agree).
The whole trip was completed in a leisurely 13 days with about 81 hours spent in the saddle. Each day I posted a blog on this site just to share this great experience. I also raised over £2000 for Cancer Research too. Following on from the LeJoG, the experience has given me the bug and desire to explore more on two wheels and in Aug 2015, I set off for a 6 day jaunt across the channel in France. Once off the ferry in Roscoff, I pedalled 400 odd miles to my parents’ house south of Cognac in the south-west. The France2015 blog details that ride. No doubt there’ll be other jaunts in Europe to come!
Update: September 2018 – A solo ride from London to the Mediterranean in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity. – This ride came to a bit of a premature end after 260 miles with a knee injury. However, it is now rescheduled for 29th April 2019. Details of everything are on the blog pages. Thanks for reading.
April 29th 2019 and a successful crossing of the Eastern side of the French mainland was made without a hitch. Roll on 2020 for a repeat down the Western bit!
Arse! – Coronavirus has stopped everything! 2021 it is then!
“At times, a bike and a cake is all you need”Steve Pullan, 2015