CHARITY CYCLE RIDE / 6 DAYS / 453 MILES

COP

26

LONDON2GLASGOW

Day Zero of a six day cycle ride wouldn’t normally be something to write home about, but then there’s nothing normal about cycling to Glasgow in November. So why are we doing this? Glasgow is hosting the COP26 international climate change conference, and zero has never been more important. The eyes of the world will be on the British Government and other leaders to make discernible changes to carbon emissions by securing global net zero by mid-century. With that in mind, Iceni, together with a hardy group of clients and associates, has decided to cycle the 453 miles to Glasgow to put a spotlight on COP26, its own commitment to climate change, and the endeavours of its nominated charity, Lets Go Zero. It’s not lost on us that every peddle we take expends energy, through the associated environmental cost of support vehicles, and wider logistical arrangements like travel and subsistence. We are at our environmental best on Day Zero. So we need to make it count. To sponsor us in supporting Lets Go Zero, please give here. Thank you.

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Leaving Iceni’s London office, we cycle north following the A5 out of London, crossing the M25 to Park Street for our first stop. It is here we will meet the Van and minibus for the rest of the ride to Glasgow. We will continue our climb to Whipsnade before the route starts a more gradual undulation around the southwestern side of Luton and on to Milton Keynes where we will stop at Watling Academy for the photo shoot before continuing to our first nights stop. T

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This sees a relatively gentle, undulating ride, heading in a northwest direction to Iceni’s Birmingham office which opened in 2021, before heading north towards Cannock. In total we will climb 704m over the day, similar to our first day's riding.

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This sees a relatively gentle, undulating ride, heading in a northwest direction to Iceni’s Birmingham office which opened in 2021, before heading north towards Cannock. In total we will climb 704m over the day, similar to our first day's riding.

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Now the route starts to get a little lumpy with several ups and downs on our way to Kendal. This will be our hardest day of the COP26 ride with 1289m of climbing, double the day before and far in excess of anything to come. We pass through the eastern side of the Forest of Bowland (AONB) where we will have our most scenic lunchtime stop. No pub/pub car park for us today. Hopefully the only water we will hear will be from the adjacent “Trough Brook” having climbed from Dunsop Bridge, one of many climbs during the day. The scenery today promises to impress even our Scottish riders with breath taking views. As you are climbing today – remind yourself that we missed the large hills.

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Leaving Kendal, there is no easy way to put this – 400m of height to be gained over 10miles with an almost continuous climb. Not bad as we only climb 750m in total over the whole day. How easy is that last 68miles going to be today!!!!!!! Don’t worry, the morning stop has been arranged to allow us all to recover before we continue to enjoy an almost continual downhill ride to Dumfries. The scenery will impress, but unfortunately, we will be on the A6. The vehicles will be behind warning of cyclists in the road, and once we reach the mornings stop the character of the road changes and feels less exposed. After lunch we leave the A6 behind and enjoy the country lanes again, passing into Scotland and through Gretna Green.

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The final day won't disappoint, our longest days riding of the trip with the second highest amount of height gain in a day at a mere 831m, with a 10-mile downhill finish. The trip would not be complete without a stop at Kier Church to visit the grave of Kirkpatrick Macmillian, the gentleman attributed to inventing the fine steeds we ride today. I will leave you to spend a peaceful moment of reflection and recovery, ‘thanking’ him for his invention in your own words, before we head off to the finish through almost continuous countryside with occasional smaller towns and hamlets along the way until we enter Glasgow to finish at Iceni’s fourth office of the trip. As we leave the church have a thought for Kirkpatrick who undertook also the same ride as ourselves 179 years earlier on his own bicycle to visit his brother in Glasgow. ‘Gears - what gears?’, although I suspect he picked a better time of the year to do the ride!!!!

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THE FINISH LINE