Posts by: Nick Tuppen

Day 1 in the sun…

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And so as I sit in Kyle (Scottish for an estuary btw) of Sutherland in blazing, heart-warming sunshine the vibe on Deloitte RAB 2013 is everything I had dreamt about when James and I concocted this little challenge back in 2009. You ride long through a breathtaking route with little traffic and then you sit in a chair that swallows you up to contemplate your achievement with a stunning view.

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We are open for business…

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The camp is open and the riders are busy registering, dropping bags in their tents, putting together bikes and pondering which pair of clean shorts is going to be chosen for the first leg tomorrow morning. Read More…

Only 36 hours to go

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The crew has arrived, the marquees are up and the tents are being popped at a sunny John O’Groats. It’s only 36 hours now until another 700 riders will set off from the northernmost tip of the UK on an epic 982 mile journey South to Land’s End. Deloitte Ride Across Britain 2013 is nearly upon us. Read More…

Back in the saddle…

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Well the clock ticks forward in to 2013 and the achievement of Deloitte RAB 2012 starts to gather dust. For the final time, I congratulate RAB 2012ers and wish you all a healthy, safe, prosperous new year.

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The Journey’s End

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Rolling out of the final basecamp at Kyle of Sutherland is a moment many of the riders dream about from about three quarters of the way through the first day. How will it feel packing up the bag for the final time? What will it be like brushing teeth next to tired fellow riders knowing tomorrow you’ll be home? Will it be weird taking the bike from the racking for one final day in the saddle? For some it is keen anticipation as the sense of the goal on the horizon is tantalizingly within reach. For others there is a tinge of melancholy knowing you must imminently return to normal life. Read More…

What a difference a day makes

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After Day 7’s monumental efforts, Day 8 seemed relatively trifling in comparison; a mere 111 miles to Kyle of Sutherland. However, as with any day on Deloitte Ride Across Britain the weather is always there in the background threatening to put the best laid plans to waste. Luckily, the gods took pity on us and decided that tailwinds would be the order of the day: Tailwinds and glorious sunshine. Read More…

More is in you

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Day 7. Hamilton to Fort William. 135 miles over the Highlands. Gale force winds and rain forecast. It was always going to be a massive challenge, and it didn’t disappoint. Read More…

Welcome to Scotland!

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Day 6 signalled the end of England and the start of Scotland.  A huge landmark for these riders although with eyes firmly focused on the prize at John O’Groats many simply cruised through the ‘Failté’ signs and pushed on up towards Glasgow. Read More…

And today’s special guest… the rain

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After 4 days of exceptional weather it was always going to start raining at some point. Around midnight on Day 5 it began.  The tents were hammered by rain throughout the night making sleeping harder and when the sun limped into the sky it illuminated a very soggy group of riders huddled under cover in Haydock. Read More…

Storey time in the Midlands

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Day 4 is traditionally when the grind of repeated 100 mile plus days begins to tell on the riders. The early enthusiasm is replaced by a stoic determination as the legs remind you that you’ve ridden hundreds of miles already, but your head reminds you that it isn’t even half way yet! However, we were helped out when the forecast heavy rain was conspicuously absent and the camp rose to another glorious morning of sunshine and pink tinged clouds. Read More…

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