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Chris’s 1,000 Mile Cycle

Chris Oliver, an Edinburgh based Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats in August 2009. The total ride distance was 1,077 miles. The Proclaimers’ song is about walking 500 miles – and 500 more – so breaking the 1,000 mile barrier is very fitting!

Over 20 consecutive days (from 2nd August) with just one day’s rest, Chris covered a range of between 40 to 80 miles per day, climbed 57,000ft in hills (almost twice height of Everest!), cycled for a total of 97 hours with an average speed of 11mph and maximum speed of 41mph. Chris had 5 punctures and needed one new tyre! He was burning between 4,000 to 6,500 calories per day.

Just one of the amazing things about this feat is that 2 years previously Chris was 53kg heavier then than he is now! Read Chris’s story on his blog, Obesity to triathlons.

Chris has raised a phenomenal £12,120. This money will all be applied to FlySpec – see our Projects page.



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