Doddie’5 Ride LeJog

Land’s End to John O’Groats
10 days, 861 miles

The Doddie’5 Ride LeJog was conceived by Rob Henderson in the early hours of the morning in a pub in London. It seemed like a good idea at the time as an event to support Doddie Weir in his fight against Motor Neurone Disease but with the 10 day, 900 mile cycle looming ever closer Hendo wishes that he hadn’t been quite so ambitious. The challenge will be attempted by 4 tandems each representing the four home union rugby teams. Hendo leading the Irish challenge, Craig Chalmers the Scottish, Peter Rogers the Welsh and Peter Winterbottom the English.

It is not a race but I’m sure there will be plenty of competition over the 10 days, especially in the bar area trying to keep up with Hendo.

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The riders

Leading the Irish Tandem; Rob Henderson

Rob “born under the white cliffs of Dover” Henderson: according to Wikipedia, Hendo is 6ft 1 and weighs 93kg which only goes to show that you shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet! Hendo has an illustrious playing career behind him with London Irish, London Wasps, Munster, Toulon, Ireland and of course the British & Irish Lions.

Highlights include tackling Austin Healy so hard in the Heineken Cup that Austin even stopped talking for a few minutes. Hendo is a regular up Box Hill where he has completed the near impossible feat of eating the whole of the ice-lolly selection at the cafe there before then cycling back down to do the same at the café at the bottom. This ride will be a piece of cake for Hendo followed by several beers, then another piece of cake but he is as strong as an ox and will take some beating on the down hills.

Leading the Scottish Tandem; Craig Chalmers

Craig “my sister has more Scottish caps than me” Chalmers: a natural on his bike having been brought up in Galashiels where he went on to play for Melrose, Harlequins & Worcester amongst others. He has 60 Scottish caps and 1 for the British & Irish Lions and rumour has it might make the next Scottish 6 Nations squad too!

Craig now lives in Esher which must mean he is a stockbroker so will have ridden the Surrey Hills and tamed Box Hill in training for this Doddie’5 Ride LeJog event. Craig has 166 points for Scotland but is perhaps most famous for his 3 penalties against England in Scotland’s 1990 Grand Slam success. We expect Craig in his lycra kilt, to be leading from the front of his peloton and to be refuelling on McEwan’s super strength lager whilst munching on a deep fried Mars Bar at the designated feed stations. That’s enough stereotypes hit there me thinks.

Leading the Welsh Tandem; Peter Rogers

Peter John Daniel Rogers born in Maidstone, England but played for Wales via Gauteng Lions gaining 18 caps. Rogers attended Llandovery College in Wales before playing rugby in South Africa and he was initially implicated in the 'grannygate' scandal before being exonerated.

Peter was a wafer thin hooker when he left for South Africa but acquired a taste for Biltong and came back a solid loose head prop. He played club rugby for Gauteng Falcons (Transvaal), Bridgend RFC, Maesteg RFC, Pirates Johannesburg, London Irish, Roma, Newport RFC, Cardiff RFC. Highlight of his career is Wales beating the Springboks for the first time in the inaugural match in the Millenium Stadium.

Between his commitment to his property business PPR Ltd and playing the odd Vets rugby match Peter has become an accomplished cyclist and now looks rather more at home on the Tour De France than a rugby pitch. Peter is sure to be leading the Welsh tandem to the front of the peloton.

Leading the English Tandem; Peter Winterbottom

Peter “don’t push me up those hills” Winterbottom: it’s a far cry from the Yorkshire moors where Wints first rode his bike delivering the bread in the Hovis ad, but now he is as happy in the saddle as he was on the open side for Headingley, Hawkes Bay, Transvaal, Harlequins, England and the British & Irish Lions.

At a touch over 50 (and that’s not his waistline) he lets his riding do the talking and whilst he may not be first up the hills he is one of the quickest coming down! Be warned he can be known to fall off from time to time and will quietly tuck in right behind you within a wheel’s length before you can say “NeilBack off!”. If the headwinds pick up Wints will sure to be one of the most popular riders to draft and the sight of those ample buttocks can be quite hypnotic and the long lonely hours will fly by.

The route

Saturday 15th Sep: Arrival Day
Hotel: Guest Lodge Penzance, The Promenade, Penzance, TR18 4NW

Sunday 16th Sep: First Day – Land’s End to Okehampton (103.95 miles, elevation: 6785ft)
Hotel: The White Hart Hotel, Fore St, Okehampton, EX20 1HD

Monday 17th Sep: Okehampton to Bristol (107.90 miles, elevation: 4643ft)
Hotel: Premier Inn, Cribbs Causeway, Catbrain Lane, Bristol, BS10 7TQ

Tuesday 18th Sep: Bristol to Shrewsbury (101.50 miles, elevation: 6722ft)
Hotel: Premier Inn, Shrewsbury Town Centre, Smithfield Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 1QB

Wednesday 19th Sep: Shrewsbury to Preston (88.30 miles, elevation: 3219ft)
Hotel: Premier Inn, Preston Central, Fox Street, Preston, PR1 2AB

Thursday 20th Sep: Preston to Carlisle (93.14 miles, elevation: 4305ft)
Hotel: Premier Inn, Carlisle M6 J44, Parkhouse Road, Carlisle, CA3 0JR

Friday 21st Sep: Carlisle to Edinburgh (89.60 miles, elevation: 4000ft)
Hotel: Premier Inn, Edinburgh Central, 82 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9DG

Saturday 22nd Sep: Edinburgh to Blair Atholl (78.49 miles, elevation: 3586ft)
Hotel: The Atholl Arms, B8079, Blair Atholl, PH18 5SG

Sunday 23rd Sep: Blair Atholl to Inverness (79.94 miles, elevation: 3487ft)
Hotel: Premier Inn, Inverness Centre, Millburn Road, Inverness, IV2 3QX

Monday 24th Sep: Inverness to Lybster (88.50 miles, elevation: 5475ft)
Hotel: Portland Hotel, Quatre Bras, Lybster, KW3 6BS

Tuesday 25th Sep: Final Day – Lybster to John O’groats (30.02 miles, elevation: 1117ft)
Hotel: Glen Mhor Hotel, Ness Bank, Inverness, IV2 4SG

Wednesday 26th Sep: Departure Day
Transport: Flights from Inverness to Gatwick (15.00)

Total miles: 861.34 miles
Total elevation: 43,339ft

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