The tour is based on a 10 day ride, and the stages are as follows:
Stage 1 (Sat): Lands End to Plymouth - 100 miles, 2,300m
Once we’ve posed for photos at the starting post, we will set off East towards Penzance, riding past the wonderful view of St Michael’s mount before riding through arguably the toughest terrain of the trip as we meander through Cornwall.
Stage 2 (Sun): Plymouth to Glastonbury - 100 miles, 1,700m
Today sees us take on the stunning and tough Dartmoor national park – watch out for wild ponies! We also have the Blackdown Hills to negotiate before a relatively easier run into Street.
Stage 3 (Mon): Glastonbury to Ludlow - 110 miles, 1,800m
You’ll really feel like you’re making progress up the country today as we start to head due North, crossing the Severn Bridge and into Wales! Some of the most superb cycling of the whole trip awaits through the Wye valley, after which we hug the Welsh/English border for the rest of the day.
Stage 4 (Tue): Ludlow to Bolton - 105 miles, 1,000m
A morning of climbing through the lovely Shropshire hills, we descend towards the Cheshire plains and some fast, flat riding. There are some busier roads to negotiate as we end our day negotiating the Manchester/Liverpool conurbation.
Stage 5 (Wed): Bolton to Bowness on Windermere - 80 miles, 1,200m
The busier roads of yesterday will soon be forgotten as we head up and over the Blackburn hills (look out for Blackpool tower at the top!) before dropping down onto some glorious stretches of road, going through the historic town of Lancaster before some rolling hills as we enter the jaw dropping Lake District.
Stage 6 (Thu): Bowness on Windermere to Moffat - 90 miles, 1,400m
Get those climbing legs on nice and early today as we tackle the mighty Kirkstone pass almost straight out of the door! Spectacular views are offered at the top both of what you have achieved, and what is to come – today we will cross over into Scotland!
Stage 7 (Fri): Moffat to Dunkeld - 115 miles, 1,600m
A far gentler climb starts us off this morning as we leave Moffat via the brilliantly named Devils beef tub! We will spend the rest of our morning heading towards Edinburgh before crossing the Forth Road bridge and on to Dunkeld via Perth – this is the longest day of our adventure.
Stage 8 (Sat): Dunkeld to Grantown on Spey - 90 miles, 2,000m
Arguably the most challenging of days since Cornwall, today we negotiate the wonderful Cairngorms, climbing up to not one but two ski stations – Glenshee and the mighty Lecht! If you didn’t know you were in the highlands before, you will do today!
Stage 9 (Sun): Grantown on Spey to Helmsdale - 110 miles, 1,400m
We will pass through the Capital of the Highland’s today – Inverness! One last suspension bridge (Kessock) will take us over the Moray Firth after which we’ll climb again with views of the Cromarty Firth to the East before finally crossing the Dornoch Firth as we hug the East coast all the way to Helmsdale.
Stage 10 (Mon): Helmsdale to John O Groats - 75 miles, 900m
The final day! We will spend the morning heading due North until we arrive at the North coast of the country! We’ll then head East, passing through Thurso before finally arriving at the finishing post – After wild celebrations, we will transfer back to Inverness for an evening of festivities before saying a fond farewell tomorrow morning!