Steve Craddock: The main focus of my training has been climbing

At the time of writing this blog we are only 26 days away from turning the first
pedal stroke as myself and Brian Kilgannon cycle 1400 miles in support of our
fellow Band of Brother Lee Patmore. It was 18 months ago that Lee asked me to
accompany him on the challenge of his life riding from John O Groats to Lands
End. As we all live many miles apart, all of our training has been individual
and focussed around what we will face daily as we make our way down the spine of
Scotland and England.

As i have completed many multi day cycling events, i know i am happy with long
days in the saddle. However this ride will include over 63000 ft of climbing and
requires specific training. The main focus of my training has been climbing and
so i have been mainly riding hill repeats, that is finding a hill which takes me
approximately 10 minutes to climb and then after warming up gently for 30
minutes i climb the hill 5 times with 5 minute breaks between each effort. Some
days i will do these efforts in a very light gear and spin up the hill and other
days i basically do weight training by being in the heaviest gear i can manage
and complete the session except this time allowing 10 minutes between each
effort, to allow full recovery before climbing again. At the end of the session
i ride steadily home to ensure i warm down correctly.

Mixed in with the training has been sorting out the admin for the ride as well
as generating press coverage. I am lucky to have secured sponsorship in the form
of a Motorhome from the Sun newspaper and recently we spent a few hours with
them having our photos taken in preparation for the launch of the Sun's
coverage of the challenge.

Just a reminder that if you wish to sponsor us you can do by going
to or texting RTOR 99 to 70070

This year as well as taking part in this epic challenge i am also organising my
own sportive to be held on the 24 June, organising and taking part in a 3 day
210 mile Great Kent Cycle Ride, the 100 mile Dawn Raid and of course my 9th
BBBR. This will make a total of 2200 miles i will be this year in support of
Help for Heroes.

Onwards and Upwards (but mainly upwards).