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.

We are happy to confirm that Vantage Motor Group has kindly agreed to be a Main Sponsor for Phase two of the Arctic to Africa Challenge.

Vantage Motor Group is a family owned business who have a Passion to Please. They pride themselves on their specialist knowledge in the sale and care of Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, Honda, Citroën, Kia and SKODA vehicles across the North of England and the Midlands.

The company’s purpose is to pursue excellence by always doing their best to meet the needs and expectations of today’s and tomorrow’s customers; they aim to achieve this, every day. Complete customer satisfaction is, and always will be their goal.

Mark Robinson – Founder and Managing Director – said “We take great pride in supporting local communities, Charities and events including The Prince’s Trust, St Michaels Hospice and many more. The Challenge of this epic cycle ride from the most northern point in Europe to Africa while raising much-needed funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK must be encouraged, and we are very pleased to be supporting this great adventure. I look forward to hearing their daily blog and wish all the participants all the luck in their endeavours.”


End of Round Two Games

Update 25th June 2018

No trippier up as England Kane Panama 6-1!!!! What a weekend of Football? Germany scrape back into the competition with a last-second goal from Kroos to snatch a win over Sweden and Nigeria’s win over Iceland put Argentina back in the fold. You just know it is going to end up a Germany v Argentina Final???

The football forecast is changing daily, and we have a new Leader, Grumpy Leverton leading Simon Armitage by two points.

World Cup Forecast Top Five
Pos     Player                     Points
1           Grumpy Leverton      42
2          Simon Armitage        40
3          Emma Yates              39
4          Dancing Hatters      38
5          Adam Wilkins          37

This week sees the final games of the group stage and the most points available for the forecast. As a reminder not only do you receive points for a win or Draw but there are bonus points as detailed below:

Group Winners        6 Points
Runners Up             3 Points
Bottom of group      – 3 Points

Then there is the number of goals scored in each group stage where you can pick up an extra 5 points.
World Cup Top Scorers (Golden Boot contenders)

Pos               Player                              Team                      Goals
1                  Harry Kane               England                            5
2                 Romelu Lukaku        Belgium                            4
2                 Cristiano Ronaldo     Portugal                          4

Our man Harry Kane is the new Golden Boot leader, and looks in great form to continue scoring goals for England!

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

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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

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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.


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