Bikes to Billund: 10 days to go!

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As you may be aware, myself, Ed Diment, James Pegrum and Ralph Döring set off next Thursday on our 1000Km bike ride from London to Billund in aid of Fairy Bricks, arriving just in time for the first anniversary of the opening of the LEGO House.

If you haven't already, do please pledge your support on our fundraising page. Every little helps Kev and his fairies get LEGO into the hands of children in hospitals and hospices around the world.

Ralph has been cycling for far longer than I have and has done some pretty epic rides by the sounds of things. Find out more after the break.


My passion for traveling on a bicycle started in 1991 here in the UK. Starting in Dover, going all along the coast to Southampton and ending in Bath. I learned two things on this trip: 1) one day I want to live and work in Bath and 2) putting a 70 liter rucksack on the back carrier of my bike was a stupid idea. While it took me 20 years to make the first happen, I quickly changed my way of traveling and bought a couple of front and back panniers.

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This photo was taken on my trip to Santiago de Compostella back in 2003. Fully equipped with a tent, sleeping bag, cooker, camera and clothes. I even managed to take a tripod for the camera with me for over 2500km. While this setup allows a very independent way of traveling, it is also very heavy and slow. So when my girlfriend asked me for a Trans-Alpine, I knew I had to reduce my baggage to the bare minimum.

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Going across the Alps from Munich to Garda within seven days in 2013, the biggest challenge was to fit everything possibly needed into one small backpack. I even took an iPad mini with me which I used to write my travel diary and get my daily update from Brickset! True story!

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Can you read the logo on my shirt? I take it on all my travels! I also found it in a window of a closed shop on this trip:

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When Kev asked me if I’d like to join the Bikes to Billund team last December, I felt very honoured. I also thought that this will be the most relaxed trip I ever had, as he offered to take all our luggage in his van. Boy was I wrong! As it happens: the less luggage I have, the more exhausting the bike trip will be.

I had to borrow a road bike in order to pretend to keep up with the rest of the team. We have linked together on Strava, to check upon our exercise progress and I am very impressed by the performance of my team mates! You can join us there if you like.

While cycling the countless hills in the Cotswolds for exercise and riding a road bike for the very first time, I learned two things again: 1) riding a road bike without any bags is the most exhausting bike ride I ever had and 2) I really enjoy it!

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It’s only 10 days to go now until we start at the LEGO store at Leicester Square and I am getting quite excited. Here is my call to everyone at brickset.com:

  • Get on your bike and get outside for some exercise. It’s the perfect combination with staying inside and playing with LEGO.
  • Please support the fantastic work of Kev and his Fairies with a donation on our cycle challenge page
  • Check the route of our trip and join us for a couple of miles, It would be great to meet you!

 

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11 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

I've now donated, come on people, there's still quite a way to hit the target and I just *know* all these guys will smash it!
Even a fiver will help! And don't forget to add gift aid if you're a UK taxpayer. It costs you nothing but adds 25% to the amount the charity receives.

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By in Canada,

I have donated as well.

Come on folks. Its a great cause and every little bit helps.

This would be so fun to join and ride along. It's a little far away though so will enjoy reading all about the journey here!

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By in United Kingdom,

Chipped in too!
I'm exhausted just reading about this trip! Hope you get some good weather and good roads and make it safely to Billund!

If you could find room in the van to bring me back a Lego House set I'll happily chuck in another £50!

:o)

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm sure that can be arranged!

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By in Germany,

I rode with my bike last year from the dutch border via Hamburg to Billund, enjoy your trip like I did and have fun :-)

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By in Romania,

Nice article - sharing all the needed information.
The trip will also be very nice - riding a bicycle is an experience unlike many others, providing a fairly unique sense of freedom. The little hardships of the endeavor will make you stronger, the memories will last for ever.
I most certainly wish I can do something like that myself!
Good luck, too, with raising the money!

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By in France,

This is amazing! I would have absolutely loved to have joined for a portion of the route (dream: all of it!) but alas, travel plans were laid early & bringing my road bike from Canada would be a significant endeavour...

I look forward to reading about the journey and seeing it's conclusion in Billund!

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By in Germany,

Donated......every little helps the kids.

Best of luck lads.....some of those distances are rather large!

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By in Australia,

Lived in London for 4 years, visited Bath on a couple of occasions, a beautiful place and can certainly understand the sentiment.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Huw

I've pinged you a message via the forum.

Cheers!

Boo

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