Catch up on the inside stories of APN21.

LIZZY BANKS

“So good to be back out doing interviews for @thecyclingpodcast Service Course. I followed the progress of a bunch of barmy cyclists racing @allpointsnorth.cc, a 1000km unsupported race around the north of England.”

Lizzie Banks reports on All Points North for The Cycling Podcast

JOHN GREEN

#APN21RIDER39

“The welcome back at Sheffield HQ was definitely not something I expected, (sort of assumed there would just be the caretaker locking up) I was clapped over the line by a veritable crowd! Rookie finisher number nine, it did send me a bit emosh. In hindsight I shouldn’t have expected anything else from this fantastic crew who organised the event. The end of ride food, a beer (& a fitting “daft hapeth” tea mug to take home) all perfect. 600 miles later (or 400 more than I’ve ever done previously), never have I felt so tired & smelly, but so alive in my life. I learned lots of lessons & ideally will put them to good use in another ultra (I’d love to do this one again too, leaving with the grown ups at bedtime)….I’m hooked, & if you’re still reading this, thinking “should I???” You should!!! “

John Green

DAN MORTON

#APN21RIDER45

“Brutal climbs were another highlight. I thought these were going to finish me off at certain points, but found that after each tough climb I gained a bit of an energy and morale boost that kept me going.”

“It was, 90% of the time, an incredible experience. The 10% of tough times where I felt I wasn’t going to make it (and challenging post ride recovery day) are already forgotten.”

Dan Morton

WILL SCHRIMSHAW

#APN21RIDER71

“One of the most enjoyable and challenging rides I’ve done. The impact of community, camaraderie and generosity on the spirit of this ride was huge, such a lovely bunch of people out on the roads, crisscrossing through the night, and keeping a watchful eye at the HQ. Night riding became fun again. Hallucinations a plenty, ‘sleeping’ rough, a four-year-old’s dream diet, next time I’m taking a mat.”

“Time is now just a loose, sinewy, worn out concept to be draped over the landscape as you see fit.”

Will Scrimshaw

JOE LE SAGE

#APN21RIDER52

“Time speeds up and the miles pass almost unnoticed. The world comes to life unaware of our struggles. We’re all just atoms randomly bouncing around this world that exists purely by chance. Doubt becomes certainty; There’s nothing else I want to be doing…

“All Points North is everything I wanted it to be and so much more. I really enjoyed it! The people and the atmosphere of the event were amazing – friendly, warm, inclusive. A real feeling of comradeship and camaradarie and the joy of a shared, intense experience.”

Joe’s ride report

Joe Le Sage

MARTIN MCSHANE

#APN21RIDER17

“The night sky was incredible and the nocturnal frogs, owls, moths and screeches kept me entertained until I could ride no further. I bivvied for about 3 hours under the Milky Way.”

“I had been so focussed on getting to Beverley that getting back on the bike and setting off for Sheffield suddenly seemed a very hard task. I was wobbly. I had very little food (some Jelly Babies) and a small amount of water. Well, you can worry or you can get going and see what happens.”

Martin McShane

DAVID WONG

#APN21RIDER15

ADAM GREEN

#APN21RIDER06

“This kind of cycling is pure escapism and provides an opportunity to exist in a world where only the race matters. Not everyone has the luxury of abandoning reality like this and I had to remind myself of that a few times along the way.

“The mental toughness people always refer to is the ability to see past the immediate agony/misery and appreciate just what it is that you’re doing.”

Adam Green

LUCY HURN

#APN21RIDER42

“I woke and marvelled at the body’s capacity to recover. My aching muscles and sore bum had subsided, and my body was game to do it all again. “

Lucy Hurn

SHEFFIELD TELEGRAPH

By DAVID BOCKING

“It’s dark, you’re in the middle of a military firing range on the Northumberland moors, you’ve been cycling for 24 hours and there are so many sheep on the starlit road in front of you that you can’t see where you’re going. What do you do?”

“Taking on a 1,000 km cycle ride across the hills and valleys of northern England requires planning, preparation, athleticism, courage, determination, the ability to keep eating every few hours, and, of course, problem solving.”

Riders preparing to set off for All Points North 2021 from Heeley. Picture Markus Stitz.
Riders preparing to set off for All Points North 2021 from Heeley. Picture Markus Stitz.