John o'Groats to Lands End here I come...

John o'Groats to Lands End here I come...

With the event just around the corner, my training finishes up in North Wales - climbing the hills of Snowdonia and exploring the sites of Anglesey.

All that’s left to do now is taper down so my body is is well rested for the event and make sure my bike is in good working order.

Next week we fly to Inverness and settle down before the epic ride begins.

John O’Groats to Lands End here I come....

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As the challenge draws closer lots has been going on to ensure I can do my best to complete this epic ride and break a world record. With the new bike and sockets delivered and all together, I have been getting used to the set up of the new bike and the benefits it has to offer. Lighter bike and more aero! 

The fundraising page has literally just gone live so now we can start taking donations and raising money for two incredible military charities. Please chip in if you can.

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Going Crazy for a New World Record!

This year has taken a turn from racing to taking on a world record challenge! 

Early in July I’m planning to handcycle from John O Groats to Lands End in under six days to set a Guinness World Record. I'll have a military crew backing me for on-road support. And, after speaking to the team, we came up with the (crazy!) idea that six days didn’t seem quite right. So now I plan to do it in under four days, and so set a properly challenging record for someone to beat. 

And this will also be a fundraising ride for 65 Degrees North, a charity aimed at helping wounded, injured or sick current or ex-servicemen and women by offering the opportunity to participate in challenging adventure. And I reckon this will be exactly that - a challenge and an adventure!

You can find out more here -

See you next month,


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Testing, Testing...

This month started off in Cardiff University, where I underwent testing in the Lab to see what improvement I have made since September when I last tested. The experts were looking at my bloods and oxygen levels as well as my power output. The tests are tough and gruelling but it always feels good when you have finished, and even better when they announce you've made a 12% improvement since your last test!
I’m still training for a huge challenge coming up. I can’t say what it is yet - all will be revealed on April 1st. All I can say is that it’s one for the record books! 

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Training in Tenerife

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This month has been all about getting the miles in. 

At the minute I’m over in Tenerife tackling the big climbs the island has to offer. Mount Teidi is a great challenge on the handbike with 9000 feet of climbing and no letting up. 

All of this training is going towards my Guinness world record challenge - I’ll let you know more about that on the launch date! Until then I will be mostly living on my bike getting the winter miles in wherever I can.
Stand by for more on that record!

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New Year Update

I’m heading into the New Year with a Bang! Meetings this month will reveal a BIG and exciting challenge for summer this year. 

Training, dieting and fuelling will all be specific for the gruelling challenge ahead. Although I will have to change my training on and off the bike, this will be a huge team effort from everybody involved: myself, sponsor, logistic team, coach, follow up support and media! 

This will be a personal challenge but also a charity one - where we will raise vital funds for a very military charity. 

Next month I’ll reveal more! 

November Update

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Finishing off the season with a double win at Invictus has been amazing. I'm now back home and after a couple of weeks off it’s straight back into training and getting ready for next year! The bike has been stripped and fully serviced and is now ready for winter training. I sat down with my coach and we have put a new programme together for next year so I can come out stronger with improvements in my weaker areas. The last week has been about working on my weaker areas in the gym and getting the arms moving again on the bike. I'm just getting time in the seat at the minute, building my tolerance back up!

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September Update

Over the last few weeks I’ve been preparing for the last races of the season which take place in Italy early next month. Then I’m home for a few days before I fly out to the Invictus Games in Sydney. 

Training camps for Invictus have been going well and I’ve been approached by the BBC, along with three other athletes, to do a short programme which will go out on BBC 1 either just before the games or midway though the competition. We’ll be talking about out different backgrounds and the training we have been doing. My event takes place on October 21st, the first day of the games. There'll be a Time Trial in the morning followed by a Criterium race. Only four weeks to go now - make sure you tune in!

All the best,


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The past month has been very busy, attending training camps with the Invictus team in the build up to the games in October. The cycling team was down in Bath for a of couple days working on race tactics, what to expect over there and also undergoing an intense training session. October is slowly getting closer and I am looking forward to getting out there and racing the rest of the military guys from around the world. And sharing the stories which have led them to winning in a place in their nation’s Invictus Team.

See you next month,



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It’s been really busy since the start of June with both the British nationals and the World Series race over in Emmen in the Netherlands. 

The British nationals saw some good racing and I walked away with two silvers - in the road race and time trial.

Emmen was last weekend. It was very tough but rewarding. The temperature was in the late 20s with a 16 kilometre time trial on Friday and a 64 km race on Saturday - so not much time for recovery for the riders. I came 12th in the time trial - only two places off the top 10 in the world - and finished 15th in the race. It was very tough going but I pushed the boundaries to complete it, averaging 37 kmph.

I’ll be back with more next month.

All the best,



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On my way to the Invictus Games!

I had some great news at the beginning of May when I found out I had made the UK Invictus team. We’ll be flying over to Sydney for the games which run from October 18th to 29th. I’ll be competing in the cycling time trial and road race. Between now and then have team training camps and also I’ll be working on my own training routine ahead of the big event.

June is a good month with the British championships coming up and the build up to another world championship race in July in Emmen in the Netherlands


Speak soon,





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March Update

Hello everyone.


Here’s an update on how my training has been going through March. 


It’s pretty much consisted of training camps held down in Wiltshire and in South Wales, as I build up to April when I head into to my first race of the year and also trials for the team for the Invictus Games which are being held at the University of Bath.


From this point on it's pretty much one or two races a month all the way up to October.


I’ll be back with another update at the end of the month.


All the best,






January Update

January was another good month of winter training with both long rides and strength and conditioning being done in the gym, working on power! I also went to the Goldsmith Hall for the Endeavour Awards. Unfortunately no award that evening but it ws a real honour just to be put forward for one. And good too to share a photo opportunity with Prince Harry and Meghan!

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November Update

At the beginning of the month I signed up for the 2018 Invictus Games which are being held in Sydney, with trials for the team taking place in January and March next year.  

As the Winter kicks in it is harder to get out for those longer rides on the street so I went to Lanzarote this month to get some good miles in. The weather was perfect for cycling and, with Lanzarote being a volcanic island, there were lots of climbs to take on. I spent two weeks on the island doing some good endurance training and definitely improved my training and cardio. 

The race calendar for next year has now come out, so I'll be sitting down in the New Year and entering myself for the races. There are events everywhere, from all the UK races to Italy, Belgium, France, Germany and possibly Canada. In addition, I’m looking at maybe entering a marathon in Italy next March just to get a feel for the competition before I go into the season. That way I'll get a heads up on what to expect later in the year.

That's it for now. I look forward to reporting back in a month's time.

All the best,



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October Update

October Update


It has been a quiet month in terms of travelling and challenging, but a good month for training. My new programme - between now and Christmas - is all about getting the miles in and getting stronger so that is exactly what I have been doing. Longer rides both out on the roads and indoors on the turbo trainer - as well as hitting the weights to up my strength. 


Next year's race calendar has just come out so I will be sitting down over the next few weeks and picking the best races for me to compete in.


See you next month,


All the best,






Late September Update


This month has mostly been about testing and bike maintenance.

I completed a test in which my lactose blood levels were taken and also underwent a  fitness test which revealed both my maximum output and maximum threshold levels to have improved by roughly 19 per cent - which is great, training is paying off!

I also travelled to  France but unfortunately my bike was damaged in transition. I have ordered new parts for it and also updated old parts which had suffered through wear and tear.

I should get the bike back in the next day or two and then be back on the road. See below a photo of me undergoing testing at Cardiff University - and I look forward to posting another update next month.




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September Update

This month has been very quiet with the build up to the Pyrenees next month and a week off for our annual holiday on Lake Windermere with the kids. 

I have been training mainly from home on the turbo trainer and out on the street, doing both high interval sessions and endurance rides. I went up to North Yorkshire for a few days where I got some good hill training in over the Yorkshire Dales.

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This month has all been about getting the miles in and upping my power watts. I do testing next weeek where I will find out how much I have improved over the last 4--6 weeks of training.  The Pyrenees is less than 2 weeks away and I reckon it's going to be the toughest challenge yet! So exciting times ahead. I promise I'll take plenty of pictures in the Pyrenees and make people take some videos as well. 

See you in a couple of weeks!

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Race Across America

Along with seven other incredible wounded, injured and sick soldiers I took part in the RAAM (Race Across America), the hardest cycle racing event in the world.

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We were racing in aid of Help for Heroes, the charity which has helped us all at some point in our recovery.

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We set ourselves a target of seven days to complete this 3081 mile challenge from Oceanside to Annapolis. We started training for this event at the beginning of the year with everyone giving everything right from the start.

We ended up beating our target in a time of six days, 12 hours and 36 minutes which included over a hundred miles extra in diversions along the way. It’s an incredible achievement by a team who have been shot up, blown up and yet still managed to come fifth in their category with the top three teams all including professional cyclists!

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It was an incredible challenge with an amazing team though some breathtaking scenery and I look forward to doing a lot more challenges just like this one!