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Three Peaks Challenge by Bike

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Raised by 56 people in 14 months
This summer we will be embarking on an epic expedition in the name of sustainability, veganism and adventure. We wanted the ultimate UK challenge so we thought of the Three Peaks Challenge, but, as we're pretty mad about cycling, we are going to be completing the Three Peaks Challenge by bike. That means cycling at least 497 miles (it's going to be closer to 550) and climbing the three tallest peaks in the UK (Snowdon, Scafell Pike & Ben Nevis).  Our challenge is to complete this mammoth task in 7 days and we want to prove two tree hugging vegans can do it!

The challenge is going to be pretty bonkers and is really going to test our levels of mental strength, fitness, stupidity and planning. It will be completely unassisted so we will be carrying all of our equipment on our bikes and camping along the way. Because of this, it makes the whole event extremely sustainable and almost zero-carbon. At this time of year snow is quite likely to be on the peaks and weather conditions will not be ideal. We need to get the perfect balance of suitable equipment so we don't get lost or freeze to death whilst still being able to carry it on our bikes roughly 100 miles a day.

After living in Asia it really opened our eyes to the shocking environmental impacts that are going on around the world. It made us appreciate this beautiful place we all live in and we want to do as much as we can to protect it. This challenge we hope can create environmental awareness and all of the money raised will be going to Friends of the Earth. If it wasn't for this charity we would be living in a much darker, more polluted world. 

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We also want to show that one of the hardest challenges in the UK can be completed with a plant based diet.  We want to promote sustainable lifestyles and motivate others to have incredible adventures without spending a whole bunch of money, eating meat and having a negative impact on the environment. 

Throughout the summer we're going to be training crazy hard to make this challenge possible. Unfortunately Cambridge is unbelievably flat so we'll be coming to a hill near you to get our knees in shape for the pain it's going to endure in the months to come. Keep your eyes peeled here to see how our training is going, and if you know of any decent hills in the South East of England then please let us know!

If you want to find out a bit more of story then take a read of our article below 

https://veggievagabonds.com/2018/05/25/sustainable-cycle-touring-adventures/

If you want to find out more about our route then take a look at the article below

https://veggievagabonds.com/2018/07/17/three-peaks-challenge-by-bike/

We're so incredibly grateful for all the help and support you can give us. If you're not able to make a donation then please take the time to share our story with friends. If you are able to make a donation then that's bloody fantastic!

All our love,

Josh and Sarah

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Now we're back and settled into our stable homes (we prefer our tent) we still have a massive sense of euphoria for finally finishing our challenge.

Once again I wanted to say thank you to everyone who helped us raise money for such an incredible cause.

If you want to read more about our challenge, find out the highs, lows and everything we learned then we wrote an article about it below :)

Whatever you may be doing have an awesome weekend. We have another epic adventure in the pipeline so I will update you when it's finalised!

https://veggievagabonds.com/2018/09/27/three-peaks-by-bike-challenge/
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After more than 4 months of planning, fundraising and training we finally made it through our Three Peaks Challenge by Bike. Despite Storm Ali, heavy snow, a serious knee injury and multiple bike malfunctions we cycled from Wales to Scotland and climbed Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis!

Thanks to you wonderful people we managed to raise just under £1,200 which is amazing. More than that we managed to spread our sustainable vegan message which is exactly what we set out to do. From both Sarah and I we really want to say thank you for all your help, encouragement and donations - it kept us going when we were close to giving up.

Like most good things it didn't go quite according to plan and at points it seemed like everything was going against us but we got there in the end. With my knee injury in the weeks leading up to the challenge we were unsure if we would even make it to the starting line, so to make it across the finish line was an incredibly euphoric moment.

The adventure itself was the experience of a lifetime. Sorry we couldn't update you more but we spent the vast majority of the time in the middle of nowhere with no internet signal.

Although we didn’t have great conditions we climbed Snowdon quickly and enjoyably. The Welsh people and the country are incredible. The hills were definitely unforgiving and at one point we were literally pushing our bikes into clouds at such an incline we were sliding backwards.

As we cycled towards the Lake District Storm Ali hit and this caused a lot of problems! Trees were falling, roads were blocked and with 80 mile an hour winds we were told our second peak was off limits.

After two stormy days of hoping our soaking tent wouldn’t get blown away we were given the all clear. Scafell Pike was a spectacular hike and because of the destructive weather from previous days most other hikers had been put off and we had the trail nearly all to ourselves!

As we hurried over the Scottish border we were then left in a tricky situation. Our return train was already booked with a day spare but with our 2 day wait in the Lake District we were now 2 days behind schedule. For us to get to Fort William in time to climb our third peak we would have to have cycled 250 miles in 2 days which was impossible for our amatuer legs and heavy loads.

At this point we were pretty downhearted as our challenge we had so meticulously planned did not seem would be achieved. We considered changing our return trains but at a cost of £220 and Sarah needing to return to work this wasn’t an option.

Determined to still complete the Three Peaks we spent our last day cycling as far north through Scotland as we could before getting a train the remainder of the journey to Fort William. Our train arrived at 10.30pm, we cycled to our campsite in darkness and set up. The next morning we finally conquered Ben Nevis, our third peak, in the snow. It was blisteringly cold and at the peak the snow was blinding but the views were absolutely breathtaking and the hiking out of this world. The hike was finished late into the afternoon, just in time to have some scotch, a vegan haggis, a curry and a few pints before our train the next morning.

Although it was not how we had planned we were so happy to finally be completing our challenge. With my knee injury and the weather there were many points that we thought it might not be possible. It truly was your love, support and donations which motivated us to keep going and make it through the final stretch!

Once again thank you to everyone, whether you text us beautiful messages of encouragement, shared our story or gave donations you made this incredible adventure happen. On top of it all we’ve raised a whole bunch of money for a marvellous cause. This trip has taught us a lot of things but two things that really stood out were 1) the UK is naturally stunning with so much opportunity for adventure and 2) we are very lucky to have such natural beauty on our doorstep.
This has just reinforced our view that we need to work to protect this world and that’s why we decided to embark on this challenge.

Now we’ll stop pestering you!
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We're alive! 2 down, 1 to go ...
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Day 2 complete, we've crossed back over the English border and are making our way towards Scafell Pike. We're currently in a field somewhere near Preston after being destroyed by a day of hills and getting lost in the clouds.

Here's hoping tomorrow's 90 mile route to the Lake District is less brutal...

Thanks to everyone that has donated, it's getting reeeeeally close to is jumping in that cold Scottish water!

The last two 2 days have been harder than we ever could have imagined but seeing your messages and donations coming through is motivating us so much!
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Raised by 56 people in 14 months
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