My 1500 Challenge - David Johnston
David Johnston of Wedlake Bell isn't going small with his 1500 challenge. From Saturday 22nd to Friday 28th May, the commercial property lawyer will be riding around around England (and a bit of Wales). Wearing his Revo hat (helmet), he will be conducting the longest self-propelled study tour in history, visiting retail centres and local businesses coming out of lockdown in London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol and many more on the way! While there's no big peloton, he is hoping that there will be some guest cyclists to keep him company en route.
If you can support David - either via a donation to his JustGiving page or by joining him out on his road - we know that he would appreciate it. Find out more about David's challenge below and the route below.
Other than the small matter of a lack of miles outdoors, he is now all set to ride from Saturday 22nd to Friday 28th May – somewhere between 1,500km and 1,600km. He will have Jim the mechanic and a van (for the hills), but that is the extent of the logistics.
The whole reason for the ride is to raise money for Coram but he is very aware that many of you do so much for Coram already. What he would really appreciate is a few wheels on the road for as many of the stages as possible to help take the wind for a bit or share some local knowledge on routes. If you think you might be able to help then please do let him know.
He got a bit carried away with the whole 1500 thing. The original concept was a 1,500km route between the top 15 shopping centres and included 15,000m of climbing. With his links to Revo and MAPIC, the route still visits many of the top retail destinations but for some reason the 15,000m of climbing seems to have fallen away! If you could look out for his posts on social media and retweet etc he would be really grateful.
It probably will not be too much of a surprise for most of you that know his strengths that he is not attempting to knock off any of the 100 climbs on the route (!) but has tried to stay away from the busiest A-roads where possible.
London to Warwick - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35210504
Warwick to Sheffield - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35209714
Sheffield to Newcastle - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35209857
Newcastle to Manchester - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35887895
Manchester to Worcester - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35209983
Worcester to Bristol - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35210003
Bristol to Wembley Park - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35210417