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Lifecycle Challenge 2014

  • Lifecycle stands down in the Land of the rising sun

    The sun was setting and the lights were coming on in the Tokyo telecoms tower that is a landmark on Tokyo's horizon. About a dozen people were exercising their dogs on the grass, and a few joggers went past with earphones plugged in. Besides them,...

  • Tokyo, here we come!

    We are on our way to Tokyo! The cyclist that had to drop out because of bike problems has borrowed the bike belonging to the injured one so 21 should be crossing the finish line some time this afternoon, although only 20 are still in the...

  • When the going gets tough...very tough

    Yesterday was one of those days when you go to bed swearing that this is your last Lifecycle. Never again, you promise. We were up at 4am to be able to leave at 6am. Well, that was the theory anyway. The reality was that most of the sleeping bag...

  • One of the toughest challenges to date

    One of the toughest challenges to date

    The Actavis LifeCycle Challenge is turning into one of the hardest ever, with a route that is as treacherous as it is beautiful. The last cyclist arrived at the accommodation after 1am, having cycled since 7am that morning, and at 11pm, there were...

  • Long rides, getting lost and beautiful bridges

    The GPS was directing us off the well-lit main road onto a dark side road, disappearing into the distance. There were a few scattered houses but it seemed a most unlikely place for a town sports centre. The road weaved left and right and...

  • Users' guide to Japan

    When you are on the road for so many hours,  covering such a distance, there are so many things you notice that are unique to this country. Telegraph poles Because of frequent earthquake, all the wires run overhead. This means poles every 100m or...

  • One of those days

    It's turning into one of those days. The usual spills - fortunately no serious injuries - and a broken spoke: all are enough to disrupt the plan. One cyclist is hours behind while another has lost an hour already. And it is only 3pm, with another...

  • Day 1 - A somewhat bewildering route

    Day 1 - A somewhat bewildering route

    Wednesday - day 1 of the challenge. Our Japanese mentor Rei Shiratori and the councillor of Fukuoka turned up with a few reporters this morning, waving Maltese and Japanese flags, ready to send off the team. For hours, the car park by the Fukuoka...

  • Cyclists anxious at endurance test ahead

    Wednesday - day 1 of challenge. It will be dark for a few more hours but we've been up for an hour already. We are waiting to be picked up by the truck as we girls were in separate accommodation. The four cyclists have to assemble their bikes...

  • Ready, steady, go!

    It is hard to believe that 17 weeks have passed since training started. This has been one of the most challenging LifeCycle editions to put together. Our main sponsor Actavis was keen for us to go to Japan but finding free accommodation and...