London cyclist completes John O'Groats to Land's End on a Boris Bike

Cardboard throne waiting at journey's end lets hospital worker emulate hero Bradley Wiggins

by Simon_MacMichael   October 9, 2012  

James Davies Wiggo throne (Virgin Money Giving)

A London man has spent nearly three weeks riding from John O’Groats to Land’s End – on a Boris Bike. At the end of the journey, James Davies from Camden was able to emulate his hero, Bradley Wiggins, by sitting on a throne – albeit one fashioned out of cardboard – modelled on the one the latter sat on after winning Olympic time trial gold at Hampton Court.

The idea of having a throne waiting was the idea of the 31-year-old’s mother and stepfather, reports the Evening Standard. The ride was in aid of the newspaper’s Dispossessed Fund, which has so far raised in excess of £8.3 million for charities and social enterprises fighting poverty.

Mr Davies, 31, a nuclear medicine technologist at University College Hospital in London, said that it was a “beautiful moment” as he took his place on the throne after completing the 881-mile ride in 19 days and two hours.

On the way, he not only needed to combat strong winds, but also the weight of a bike borrowed for the journey from Transport for London and nicknamed ‘Doris’ that at 23kg is more than twice as heavy as a typical road bike and also has just three gears.

“The patron saint of this journey has been Bradley Wiggins,” said Mr Davies afterwards. “At Land’s End sitting in the throne, I did the victory symbol like Bradley. It was lovely — it was a really beautiful moment.

“My thighs are still exhausted but I loved it and I’m fitter than ever,” he added.

His efforts have so far raised nearly £900 via his Virgin Money Giving page.


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Doris the Boris....Love it. But to hell with trying JOGLE one 3 gears. Thats insane. Good work that man Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [9369 posts]
9th October 2012 - 13:21


His efforts have so far raised nearly £900

He better get that bike back to a docking station soon, or he'll be paying most of that in late-fees (I'm joking, TFL presumably gifted him the use of the bike, which makes me think I really should set up a Just Giving page for the next time I go to that London on a business trip...)

posted by handlebarcam [545 posts]
9th October 2012 - 20:22


as far as anyone knows is that the first ever LEJOG on a Boris bike ? Quite fancy a go at that myself , must be possible to go sub 10 days ??? Thinking

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posted by lindsaywill [1 posts]
10th October 2012 - 9:34


Hi folks, cheers for your interest and cheers to for the article. It was an amazing experience doing JOGLE on a Boris Bike and i had great fun meeting all the people along the way. I was not in anyway an avid cyclist before the journey but have now been converted and my mate at work (who is a cycle nut) is persuading me to buy a road bike and next summer having a go at the box hill route for charity. In response to the above post, I really hope no one else has done the JOGLE on a Boris Bike, I was hoping to be the first Smile but would love the idea that a trend could be started and for someone to have a go at beating the time. It won't be hard, I didn't exactly burn through the route so sub 10 days is absolutely possible. Have a chat with TFL to see if you can borrow a bike. One thing though, due to strong south westerly winds I had to contend with, I hereby suggest that anyone taking on the route on the iconic bike has to do it JOGLE and not LEJOG, thats cheating Wink Good luck with it. If you want to read about my journey then check out my blog at, don't be offended by my sarcastic writing style, its all very tongue-in-cheek but what do you expect from a nut who took on the JOGLE on a 23kg bike?

posted by gingerjim [1 posts]
10th October 2012 - 15:25


Someone on another forum was going to do London to Paris on a BB bu they refused: did the rider pay the late return fees or were TfL more compliant in this instance?

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posted by Gizmo_ [1251 posts]
10th October 2012 - 20:29


Perhaps the LEL next year?

posted by Nick T [906 posts]
10th October 2012 - 21:43


I'd imagine TFL wouldn't be so keen on the bike leaving the UK to be honest.

posted by Nick T [906 posts]
10th October 2012 - 21:44