Part 1 – The Journey to Lands End – Emma Whitehouse
I started this journey in 2019, and was one of the first people to register to do Ride Across Britain – Land’s End to John O’Groats. I had decided I needed a challenge for my 50th year and that was going to be it.
First a bit about me and how I go to today, I am now 50, married, no children but two crazy working cocker spaniels and I work full time in Human Resources. In my spare time when I am not cycling, I am a Breeze Champion and co Event Direct Dudley parkrun.
I got into cycling back in 2014 after tearing my achilles tendon, and 6 months of no activity. I had a £300 Hybrid Halfords Bike and started my rehabilitation going up and down the local canal paths, I soon got bored and on a whim thought I will buy a road bike…..so my first road bike was about £800 and a Giant AL one, I felt like a toddler trying to ride it and absolutely came off learning to ride with SPD SL’s. My first ever sportive was the Birmingham Bikeathon and 26 miles, and I couldn’t have been prouder of myself after 6 months of that year being written off.
The following year I entered a few more sportives and completed my first 100 miles and I upgraded my bike to a Carbon Liv Avail, I also brought myself a mag turbo trainer so I could still cycle in the winter months. I also entered the ballot to take part in Ride London, which both myself and my husband got a place in, at this point I had starting running again and the bike took a bit of back seat, whilst I completed a variety of 10k and some Half Marathon’s.
Hubby and I completed Ride London in 2017, and it was an awesome event, and we raised £2500 for Macmillian