Saturday, 30 June 2012

The final countdown- 1 day to go...

Things are getting very exciting... We have bikes, we have tents, we even have our own printed t-shirts, courtesy of a generous Edinburgh-based printing company.

Our accommodation for the nights of the trip is with various parishes and friends. The trip is really built on the generosity of people up and down the country. 

Our fundraising is going well; two appeals at Our Lady and St Peter Parish, Bridlington, and St Wilfrid's Parish in York raised over £2000 between them (parish priest of St Wilfrid's, Canon Michael Ryan, in the photo below). We have been astounded by the generosity of our sponsors- we have already raised our fundraising target to £7000. These funds are crucial for our chosen charities to carry out their work.

But, as they say, it's not all about the money! The bigger goal of our journey is to bear witness to our faith as young Catholics, to pray for the re-evangelsation of our country, and to grow in our faith together as we cycle.

So, if you can't get on your bike and join us, please join us in prayer over the next 21 days.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Last days of training

Preparations are in their final stages, ready for the start of the cycling on 1st July.

Here are some photos taken by To Land's End cyclists, who are in their final days of training before the start of the journey. 

Spot the similarity: 

You may have noticed the weather hasn't been that good recently... Although these photos were taken from different ends of the country, it can be generally said that summer has not yet fully arrived for us, and training rides have been plagued by a lot of rain and wind. If this moves you to sympathy, please click here to donate now to spurr us on through our British summer! 

But it's not all bad- there are some good views still despite the rain:

Monday, 25 June 2012

England v Italia

A controversial title? Not what you were thinking...
Ryan Day, who is currently studying in as a seminarian in Rome, is training for his 420 mile ride from Hull to Land's End. He said,

"Big ride yesterday - big hills in the Alban countryside around Frascati, really beautiful. Some scary descending, hitting over 60kmph at points."

But, he claims, "Cycling has been a real passion of mine for many years that was born on the East coast of Yorkshire and fostered in the North York Moors. I love Italy, but I do miss the green and pleasant land back home!"

England doesn't lose on every comparison, then... Here's some pictures from the ride.


Thursday, 7 June 2012

Happy Jubilee, your Majesty! One month to go...

God save the Queen and her extra bank holidays. We took advantage of the wonderful 4 day weekend to fit in some longer training rides.

Andrew and Cameron cycled a route to Dunfermline, via Kirkliston, Dalmeny, Queensferry, Inverkeithing and Rosyth. They took this photo on the Forth Road Bridge.

Further south, Anna-Marie and Tom cycled through some beautiful (and very flat) Lincolnshire and Norfolk countryside to Walsingham, England's national Marian shrine to join the National Association of Catholic Families (NACF) annual camping pilgrimage. Spirits were not dampened by a few days of rain, and the sun came out to see us on our way back home, before another downpour as soon as we reached Nottinghamshire. British weather... The rain is just part of the training!