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.

Day 2 – Rotterdam to Gothenburg

Motorways, accidents, roadworks, slow arduous drive!!!

The boat docked half an hour late and we ended been one of the last to get off the ferry due to been at the back. One hour behind schedule before we even started!! Great!!!

424 miles, to Puttgarden where we boarded the ferry from Germany to Denmark. The ferry was booked for 3:00pm! We clearly didn’t make it. Finally boarded the ferry at 6:00pm 3 hours late.

The rest of the journey was nice and clear although we did hit a bird full on the windscreen God bless the little thing. Then a stone chip flew up and cracked the windscreen!!! The fun and games didn’t stop there, then all the warning lights on the dashboard lit up due to a wiring fault for the bike rack lights, no worries we ventured on North.

There was some highlights when we got overtook by a Ferrari we think it was any way it must have been in excess on 200mph!! Poor Turbo Terri just couldn’t catch it.

We eventually landed at the hotel at 11:30pm 14 half hours in the car and 800 miles done since Birstwith. A beer was well received by all.



Four intrepid adventurers from Team 1 of the Arctic to Africa group set off from Birstwith in trusty “Turbo Terri” the pickup truck.

Two riders Sean McPartland aka “Hoptimus Prime” and Amy Holmes aka “Nurse Rider” and Two backup crew Dan Howard aka “Bingo Bongo” and Gary Hayes aka “Lumber Jack” are the crew for this long and arduous trek to Nordkapp 550 miles inside the Arctic Circle. The total journey will be about 2500 miles just to get to the start point.

First stop will be Hull where we will board the ferry that will take us overnight to Rotterdam.

keep tuning in to see story unfold……………..



The Truck is packed, the plans have been finalised. All the training has been done, I hope it is enough!

Tomorrow, team one set off on the 2500 mile journey to Nordkapp deep in the Arctic circle, meeting up with Team 2 in Lillehammer on Friday after their flight to Oslo. It will take us five days to get there, then we start at midnight on Sunday night cycling south!

A huge thank you to our sponsors Oak by Design, Kerry, New Lodge Contractors, The Station Hotel and Logic Fire and Security. and all those who have donated to our charity Alzheimers Research UK.

Look out for daily updates with photos and videos on this website and the Facebook page.

Wish us luck!


Getting the Truck prepared for packing tomorrow. Could do with this rain to stop. Packing starts tomorrow followed by a going away BBQ

Kerry Birstwith are the latest corporate sponsors for our Arctic to Africa Challenge. Kerry’s have been consistent supporters of local community and charity groups based around Birstwith. The Arctic to Africa team is truly thankful for their support in this amazing challenge as is Alzheimers Research UK.

For those of you who don’t know Kerry’s please click on the logo to go to their website or see below.

Tastes Better

Kerry’s pride themselves on a food from food ethos – applying natural sourcing, authentic culinary processes, and an innovative approach to the science of taste

Feels Better

Kerry’s use our deep understanding of nutrition to develop products made from simple, wholesome ingredients that have exceptional taste and improved nutritional value.

Works Better

Kerry’s understand your innovation and processing challenges and apply their leading-edge technologies and research capabilities to solve your current and future needs.


The Station Hotel in Birstwith has kindly agreed to become a corporate sponsor.

The Station Hotel is a family-owned country inn located in the beautiful village of Birstwith.

Located on the edge of Nidderdale – an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” – we are lucky enough to have stunning scenery and amazing walking routes right on our doorstep. We are also located just 6.5 miles or a 10-15 minute drive from Harrogate, the “happiest place to live in Britain” and certainly a great place to visit whatever the time of year.

Dine at the Station

The restaurant serves food daily and their experienced chefs take great pride in creating beautifully presented, unfussy yet full flavoured food, letting clever combinations of fresh, seasonal
ingredients really shine through. Vegetarians are well catered for and many of their dishes can be produced gluten-free; with a little warning, dairy-free dishes can be provided too.

The menu changes regularly and whilst they do serve traditional pub classics such as fish & chips and sticky toffee pudding they also serve a la carte dishes to tempt every palate; Their seafood dishes are particularly popular.

Stay at the Station

They have 4 fantastic guest bedrooms located on the first floor of the main pub building and a 2 bedroom family / accessibility suite located on the ground floor in a separate annex to the pub.

All the rooms are furnished with traditional oak furniture, comfortable beds and have lovely en-suite shower or bathrooms.  The rooms also all have tea and coffee making facilities, an alarm clock, free Internet access and flat screen freesat TV.  They offer free on-site parking and a hearty Yorkshire breakfast is included in the price of your stay.

Booking a room can be done via the “Book Online” tab on their accommodation page or better still call them on 01423 770254.

New Lodge Contractors


We are happy to confirm that New Lodge Contractors Ltd has kindly agreed to be a Major Sponsor for the Arctic to Africa Challenge.
New Lodge Contractors is a small family run construction company. The company director, Clive Mitchell, has over 30 years’ experience in civil engineering and the construction industry. New Lodge Contractors was founded in 2012 by Clive and has been very successful and completed many projects to the highest standards. We provide a close relationship with all our clients to ensure every project we complete is entirely to their satisfaction.
Thank you, to all the team at New Lodge Contractors

Oak by Design

We are happy to confirm that Oak by Design has kindly agreed to be a Major Sponsor for the Arctic to Africa Challenge.
Oak By Design is a local company who specialise in high-quality Oak Porches and Buildings.
Thank you, to all the team from Oak by Design


Logic Fire and Security a locally based national Fire and Security company has become our first major Sponsor.

This is a major boost for the challenge, as the first sponsor is always the hardest to get. However, in this case, we do have the advantage that one of the riders is a Director of the company. Never the less this is a serious commitment and shows he is prepared to put his money where his mouth is.

Sean says “Obviously this challenge, and more importantly, the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK is very close to my heart, and I am keen to support it in every way. I can also see the many benefits of the advertising not only on the cycling shirts but with all the events going on throughout the year especially The Great Nidd Bike Ride and the Ball afterwards.”

Thank you, Logic Fire and Security for the sponsorship.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact us.


First fundraising event at The Station Hotel. Australia Day BBQ. We raised £79.98 for Alzheimers Research UK. Thank you, everyone who came along and The Station Hotel for hosting the event

Page 5 of 6« First...3456