Neil's Diary: Ramblings of the Bikelord

I'll be updating this page as regularly as I can with all kinds of related stuff - training news ,sponsors, photos , occasional ranting….

I'll also be posting here during the journey itself, so please check back regularly to keep up to date. Your support really will make a massive difference to me, even if it’s just a few words it all makes a difference! have literally just saved the day!

Posted at 8:49pm on 27th July 2010 by Neil Apps Add Comment | 6 Comments | Category: Sponsors

As i hinted at earlier, today has not been a good day.

Again, missing out some detail, essentially the trip lost a sponsor for reasons beyond that company’s control - which meant suddenly we were faced with having to spend hundreds of pounds on fuel and van hire that were going to be paid for before todays bad news.

Like a phoenix from the flames, Al, Morgan & Neil at the company behind this website) have stepped in to pay for the van and fuel.

This is a monumentous gesture and words fail me to express how much i appreciate it. I will be able to sleep soundly tonight after all.

If you havent been on their site to see what atomised are about you better get on it now after this news.

nice one


ShuttVR join the cause

Posted at 8:48pm on 27th July 2010 by Neil Apps Add Comment | 3 Comments | Category: Sponsors

ShuttVR join the cause

A big thanks to Simon and all at ShuttVR for supplying a personalised cycle shirt for me to wear during the trip. This shirt has been printed with the all the key details and photos for this trip and I am looking forward to wearing it all the way - except on the last day ( I will get to that in another entry later)

Great work and big thanks to shuttVR, go visit them at for more cycling goods.

See the photo….


M&D cycles aka Wetherby Bike Shack join the cause

Posted at 8:47pm on 27th July 2010 by Neil Apps Add Comment | 0 Comments | Category: Sponsors

A massive thank you to Dean at the shop in Wetherby.

Not only did he supply my bike ( see blog - this is my bike) at a great price but he has supplied all the spare parts i may need for the trip should anything break, as well as servicing my bike at very short notice. I also have received good support & advice over the last few months where needed.

A big thank you - if you are ever in Wetherby area and need bike help this is the place to go.

Tel 01937 588 944



Bike Force join the cause

Posted at 12:00am on 20th July 2010 by Neil Apps Add Comment | 2 Comments | Category: Sponsors

I am pleased to say that Bike Force ( have donated various bike accessories and safety wear for the trip.

Their contribution will prove invaluable to keep me moving safely and comfortably over the 900+ miles.

Great stuff and i am truly thankful to them for their help.

You can visit their site by clicking on their logo on the sponsors page or wherever else you see it appear on this site - or type in the address above.

Please pay them a visit when you can.



Shackleton Technologies joins the cause

Posted at 5:01pm on 8th July 2010 by Neil Apps Add Comment | 0 Comments | Category: Sponsors

I am pleased to let you know that we have another sponsor to assist with the funding of the trip. Their donation will be invaluable in helping with accomodation costs, supplies, and all the other things that cost money on such a large undertaking.

A big thanks to them, their help really makes a difference. You can click on the link to their website by visiting the sponsors page on this site, or anywhere else you see their logo appear on the site.

Please take a minute to visit their site, it might be just what you are looking for:

Shackleton Technologies are an IT support company based in Tayside that offer a full IT support service including, hardware, software and internet presence; all under one roof. We are a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, an accredited Sage Business Partner and we provide IT support to some of the best known SME’s in Tayside, Angus and Fife.

Keeping your IT engine running is a large part of our business. We have a dedicated helpdesk (manned by skilled local technicians, not call queuing software), 247 server monitoring, proactive maintenance programmes and highly skilled and experienced team of server and network engineers.

On top of keeping the IT engine running, we offer a range of services that help your business develop, from software development to improve back office systems to substantial web based, data driven and mobile applications to improve your customer’s interaction with your business.

Wetherby Physiotherapy join the cause

Posted at 12:55pm on 2nd July 2010 by Neil Apps Add Comment | 3 Comments | Category: Sponsors

Nora Thrush, MCSP Grad. Dip. Phys. who is treating my back at Wetherby Physiotherapy practice has kindly sponsored the expedition with 50 % of her fees from the 1st three sessions to be deducted and put towards the cause! Very generous and much appreciated thanks. My back is also clearly gettting better as you can see by my training log so all good work - you can find a link to Wetherby Physio site on the sponsors page.


Posted at 12:00am on 24th June 2010 by Neil Apps Add Comment | 1 Comments | Category: Sponsors

Thanks to everyone who has sponsored me so far. The current total is £2015.73.

Special credit goes to the following so far as well -

Morgan for giving up so much time to make this website, and to his family for letting him!- weeJim for training support so far- Laura for training support amongst other things- Mum&Dad&Joanne&Dari for cycling stuff and maps. Dangerdug for the diet advice- I will be calling you for more soon!

Ross for the good times and the inspiration to do this.