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London cyclist completes John O'Groats to Land's End on a Boris Bike

Cardboard throne waiting at journey's end lets hospital worker emulate hero Bradley Wiggins...

A London man has spent nearly three weeks riding from John O’Groats to Land’s End – on a Boris Bike. At the end of the journey, James Davies from Camden was able to emulate his hero, Bradley Wiggins, by sitting on a throne – albeit one fashioned out of cardboard – modelled on the one the latter sat on after winning Olympic time trial gold at Hampton Court.

The idea of having a throne waiting was the idea of the 31-year-old’s mother and stepfather, reports the Evening Standard. The ride was in aid of the newspaper’s Dispossessed Fund, which has so far raised in excess of £8.3 million for charities and social enterprises fighting poverty.

Mr Davies, 31, a nuclear medicine technologist at University College Hospital in London, said that it was a “beautiful moment” as he took his place on the throne after completing the 881-mile ride in 19 days and two hours.

On the way, he not only needed to combat strong winds, but also the weight of a bike borrowed for the journey from Transport for London and nicknamed ‘Doris’ that at 23kg is more than twice as heavy as a typical road bike and also has just three gears.

“The patron saint of this journey has been Bradley Wiggins,” said Mr Davies afterwards. “At Land’s End sitting in the throne, I did the victory symbol like Bradley. It was lovely — it was a really beautiful moment.

“My thighs are still exhausted but I loved it and I’m fitter than ever,” he added.

His efforts have so far raised nearly £900 via his Virgin Money Giving page.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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