Final night

Last Friday saw the final night of A Beautiful Machine.

Rob Lee is one of the UKs most successful endurance cyclists. He is about to take on the West Highland Way double (there and back) which is a non stop 190 mile ride which includes 28,000ft of climbs. Not for the faint hearted that. Follow Rob at

Graeme Raeburn is the designer at Rapha, a super keen rider. With an understated approach: he says he does it just for fun, and yet finished 14th in the national 24hr time trial last year (clocking 416 miles).

The final speaker was James Bowthorpe. Last year James took on and beat the Round-the-World record for riding around the globe. His main reason for taking on the record was so that he could raise more for his charity (What’s Driving Parkinsons?). He has so far raised £135,000 for the charity. It’s wrong to talk too much about the statistics of these rides because all three talks last Friday were from top people driven by the love of simply getting on a bike. However, I know that you would like to know that James rode 174 days (including rest days) averaging 113 miles a day. He totalled 18,065 miles. JB did a little DJing to round off the evening playing the music he rode to on his epic journey. You can add to James’ fundrasing total here

(Thanks Nick for the words and pictures!)

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