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

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.

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Gkam84 [9080 posts] 3 years ago
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Doris the Boris....Love it. But to hell with trying JOGLE one 3 gears. Thats insane. Good work that man  4

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handlebarcam [549 posts] 3 years ago
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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...)

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lindsaywill [2 posts] 3 years ago
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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 ???  39

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gingerjim [1 post] 3 years ago
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Hi folks, cheers for your interest and cheers to Road.cc 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  1 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  3 Good luck with it. If you want to read about my journey then check out my blog at www.blanchflower.org.uk/gingerjim, 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?

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Gizmo_ [1381 posts] 3 years ago
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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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Nick T [913 posts] 3 years ago
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Perhaps the LEL next year?

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Nick T [913 posts] 3 years ago
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I'd imagine TFL wouldn't be so keen on the bike leaving the UK to be honest.