Arctic to Africa on a bicycle! What a challenge, four and a half thousand miles cycling from Nordkapp the most northern point in Europe through the continent and into Africa finishing in Casablanca in the summer of 2019. There are five riders, who are completing this challenge in three two-week phases over a period of three years.
As in previous cycling challenges, we are using this opportunity to raise money for a worthy charity Alzheimer Research UK! A charity very close to a lot of the riders hearts.
The plans are in place; the training is well under way; the fundraising has begun and we are ready to set off or the Arctic.
The challenge will begin at Midnight on the 18th of June 2017 from Nordkapp finishing the first stage two weeks later in Gothenburg.


Round One Games

Update 19th June 2018

All teams have now played their first game of the 2018 World cup. We have had a few surprises, Germany losing to Mexico and Brazil’s Draw with Switzerland. There have been plenty of goals with the help of VAR and Nine Penalties. To top it all off, we have had a win for ENGLAND! Once again they kept us on the edge of our seats until a winning goal in injury time from that man Harry Kane!!!

The football forecast is starting to take shape and looking very close.  With four players in joint top spot on 22 Points. There is still a long way to go and a lot of points to be had.

World Cup Forecast Top Five

Pos     Player                     Points

1         Emma Yates            22

1         Clive Francis            22

1         Dancing Hatters      22

1         Shadan Noori          22

5        Jake Nicolaides       21

The Facts

We have only had one red card with Carlos Sanchez of Columbia sent off after only 2 minutes 56 seconds into his world cup. That meant that those who chose Columbia as one of their teams lost three points.

World Cup Top Scorers (Golden Boot contenders)

Pos     Player                     Team                      Goals

1          Cristiano Ronaldo  Portugal                 3

2        Denis Cheryshev      Russia                     2

2        Diego Costa               Spain                      2

2        Harry Kane               England                  2

2        Romelu Lukaku        Belgium                  2


Todays Game

The First game of Round two is the high scoring Russian’s taking on Egypt with Europe’s top scorer this year Mo Salah. This promises to be a high scoring game!


You can also follow the updates and comments on Facebook or the website

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Update 15th June 2018

Here we are again! How time flies, it doesn’t seem two minutes ago since Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time in Rio.

It is great to see so many people sign up to this years World cup forecast. In total we have eighty one people signed up! The good news is that the prize fund is £200 and we have also raised the same amount for Alzheimer’s Research UK! Thank you all who have taken part.

This year there will be three prizes as follows:-

1st Place £150.00

2nd Place £30.00

3rd Place £20.00

For those of you who are new to the forecast I will explain how it works. From the form you filled in it states how the scoring works and without boring you too much I will go over the stage scoring first. In each game the teams receive 3 points for a win, 2 points for a score draw, 1 point for a no score draw. There are also deductions of 3 points for each player that gets a red card. I will explain the rest of the scoring as we go through the competition.

I will be sending updates and the current league table every couple of days so you can see how you are doing.

The Stats

This year the favourites for the competition have been chosen fairly equally with Germany slightly more popular. It is good to see that a lot of faith has been put behind England as they have had the most selections. The other most popular team was Costa Rica! The two least favourite teams were Iran and Croatia.

Yesterdays Game                                                                

After the opening ceremony we saw the hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia. What an opening game! Russia put five past Saudi Arabia to record the biggest win by the host nation in the opening game of a world cup since 1934.

Todays Games                                                               

Today we see 3 matches. First up in group A Egypt take on Uruguay where we have two stars on display    Mo Salah and Luis Suarez, this promises to be a high scoring game!


Then we see Morocco and Iran battle it out in the tough Group B The loser of this one will struggle to progress.                 


Finally the game of the Stages Portugal against Spain. Can Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal capitalise on the disarray of Spain and the recent sacking of their manager.

You can also follow the updates and comments on facebook or the website

League Table 15-06-2018

Have you got what it takes to pick out the winners from the losers in this years World Cup?

If so Prove it!! Enter the 2018 World Cup Forecast!

This year the profits from the event will be going to Alzheimer’s Research UK the chosen charity for my bike ride “Arctic to Africa”

The cost to enter is £5.00. Half will go to the prize money and half will go to the charity. As usual, I will be sending out daily updates as the competition goes along and updating the league.

Four years ago Angela “Motty” Healy won a closely fought completion by only one point. The total prize money was £192.50!!!



The route is now fully planned along with all the dates. For those who are looking to join us for a few days either cycling or sightseeing, below are the details and Garmin routes which we will be taking.

05/08/2018 Leave UK on ferry From Hull to Rotterdam then drive up to Gothenburg

Day 1 08/08 Sweden, Gothenburg to Halmstad 97 Miles

Day 2 09/08 Sweden, Halmstad – Denmark, Copenhagen 82 Miles

Day 3 10/08 Denmark, Copenhagen – Germany, Rostok 138 Miles

Day 4 11/08 Germany – Rostok to Witterberge 108 Miles

Day 5 12/08 Germany – Witterberge to Bernburg 94 Miles

Day 6 13/08 Germany – Bernburg to Rudolstadt 109 Miles

Day 7 14/08 Germany – Rudolstadt to Erlangen 100 Miles

Day 8 15/08 Germany – Erlangen to Neuburg an der Donau 85 Miles

Day 9 16/08 Germany – Neuburg an der Donau to Wank 107 Miles

Day 10 17/08 Austria – Wank to Lago Resia 80 Miles

Day 11 18/08 Italy – Lago Resia to Lago Como 114 Miles

Day 12 19/08 Italy, Lago Como to Switzerland, Lago Maggiore 63 Miles

Day 13 20/08 Italy – Lago Maggiore to Asti 83 Miles

Day 14 21/08 Italy – Asti to Limone Piemonte 76 Miles

Day 15 22/08 Italy, Limone Piemonte to France, Monaco 67 Miles

A total of 1403 miles and 55732 feet of climbing!

For those driving down, I suggest meeting up with us around the Italian lake are Lake Como and following us down to Monaco.

Should you just be want to fly over to Monaco we are going to be staying a few days in Manton about 5 miles away there are lots of Airbnb places available and a lot cheaper than trying to stay in Monaco itself.

Don’t forget this will be the height of summer and flights accommodation will get booked up quickly so you will need to act soon. Please let me know if you are planning to join us at any stage.

Please keep a lookout on our Social Media or the website for further details, comment below or email Sean to be put on an information mailing list

Don’t forget we will be continuing our fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK, so far we have raised £11,300.

This is going to be one hell of a trip!

I often get asked what type of bike is best to start off cycling with. There are many different options and recommendations but check out the link below which might help.


23rd September 2017

Challenge yourself to a Great Bike Ride through the stunning country side of Nidderdale, raise money for a worthy charity Alzheimer’s Research UK then dance the night away at the Great Nidd Ball!


Day 14: Mariestad – Gothenburg

Final day of phase 1, and what a day! 112 miles down to Gothenburg was supposed to be a stroll in the park. Mother Nature had other ideas. From the moment we set off we had gale force wind directly in our faces. Ten miles in and it felt like 30. This was going to be a tough day, a day where we needed to work together as a team. Try we did but the elements were against us not only destroying our energy but also our resolve. We were looking for anything to help – a tractor going in our direction would be a help. Dave managed to tag one for a few miles but most were going in the wrong direction. Battle on we had to do and battle on we did. Eventually at 8:10pm we arrived to meet the back up team who were loudly cheering us in and broadcasting live on Facebook. Phase 1 completed, conquered, The Arctic tamed!!!

This has been an epic adventure from the drive up to Nordkapp with horrendous traffic and a broken windscreen and then the highs of being cheered off by hundreds of tourists wishing us well, completing a long hard days cycling and sinking a well earned beer to the lows of being 215 metres under the Arctic Ocean at 3:00am on a Monday morning riding a bike or cycling for 12 hours in the rain and even snow!

Everyone involved has been fantastic. *All the cyclists for their training, preparation and determination, for never giving up when things got tough, encouraging each other when heads fell and working together to get through the day. This was a massive challenge and remember one of the cyclists Lee only bought a bike and started cycling in March!
*The back up team, who I am sure didn’t think it was an easy holiday but I am equally sure that they didn’t expect how hard back up was going to be! From day 1 they were right behind the cyclists even waiting up until 5:00am on the first day to watch us in. It was supposed to be the cyclists set off in the morning, the back up then had the day to themselves all they had to do was to get to the next hotel. Unfortunately as conditions were that bad they met us after 20 or 30 miles with hot coffee and a warm car. Without the back up crew we could not have done this – true heroes!
*Support from back home! The messages and donations that were sent throughout the whole journey was incredible. A message or donation would pop up on my phone on my bike, many times just at the right time to give us that much needed lift, the inspiration to push the pedals harder or even put a smile on a weary tortured face.
*The Sponsors who provided some of the funds to make this happen. This is not a cheap challenge to put in and would have been very difficult to fund without the very generous donations from the Sponsors – New Lodge Contractors, Kerry Ingredients, Oak by Design, The Station Hotel, Birstwith & Logic Fire and Security.

We don’t know exactly what we have raised for Alzheimer’s so far but we know it is in the region of £4000!!!! It doesn’t end here! Phase one complete, phase 2 next year. Back to Gothenburg we go and set off to Monaco traveling through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. Before then we have the Great Nidd Bike Ride and the Great Nidd Bike Ball on the 23rd of September details to enter the Bike ride are on the website the Ball details will be out soon.

I just want to say a huge thank you to all involved – the cyclists who agreed to take on this mad challenge, the back up for their whole hearted support, the sponsors for putting faith in us and of course all of you for supporting and donating.

Only one thing left to say who won the numpty hat award on the last day?

After some discussion about some of Lee’s antics today the decision was unanimous of course it was……………
…………………………Sean!!! For coming up with such an outrageous idea (even I voted for myself)

Thanks for reading


P.s All the rest of the team are putting their own comments or detailing some thoughts below.

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