Hooray It's Friday 05/02/16
Our first Event of 2016 has been completed!
Mr Skelly has cycled over 1,000 miles In January-a minimum of 10 miles per day on road with one 100 miler thrown in
Great way to start the New Year and Skells has lost a chunk of weight and hit the year running. Skells writes:
Many thanks for all your support and donations as I went through my January Challenge 2016.
My January challenge started four years ago, when I was occasionally finding it difficult to motivate myself to ride the bike, I came up with the idea that if I could ride every day in January than I would never have an excuse for not riding.
The first two years were simply just riding every day, minimum distance of 1 mile per day with one day over 100 miles. Sounds easy enough, but having to do it every day does grind you down and particularly around day 22 it starts to get harder to keep it going - but as they say, it's like fighting a bear - you don't give up when you are tired, you give up when the bear is tired!
I decided to increase the challenge every year in some way, last year was a minimum of 10 miles per day and this year a minimum distance of 1,000 miles became the new target - an average of 32+ miles per day.
Despite getting the 100 miler in the first week and getting the average down to 28 miles per day, I succumbed to the dreaded man-flu and the target rose to an average of 40+ miles per day, but head down and with laps of a nice flat piece of smooth tarmac on the A21, I managed to pull it back and complete the challenge - cycled every day, 1,014 miles over the month, one day of 102 miles and all on the road! There was over 13,000 m of climbing and about 80 hours in the saddle. On Strava I was in the top 1% in the world and in the top 185 people in the UK!
The really good news was that I've dropped nearly a stone in weight. All in all, not a bad start to the year.
Hopefully this will inspire some of you to start a challenge that you can build on year by year. Remember, this started off as just riding one mile every day and who knows where it will end up?
Although I don't quite feel Extraordinary just yet, I certainly do feel a little bit less Ordinary!
Super job Skells-well done great start to the year
More Events coming in.
Rafe is back and writes:
So here's my O2E Challenge...
I will cycle from my house in Oxfordshire to the start of Big Kev's ride! 400 miles, 4 days, no support, solo (currently!). If it's not being carried on my bike or can't be purchased en route, it's not allowed. More specifically:
Friday 9th September: Cycle from home to Ironbridge Saturday 10th September: Cycle to Llandudno, by going up and across, not via Snowdonia Sunday 11th September: Early start to cycle to Holyhead, ferry to Dublin, then cycle about 30 miles north Monday 12th September: Cycle to near Derry Tuesday 13th September: Contingency/bike repair/rest day Wednesday 14th September: Join Big Kev's ride :)
I already have my first sponsor!
We all thought Rafe was barking mad-above confirms that!!
Great challenge Rafe-best of luck
Our Tennessee Terrier Stan is back on his mountain bike after last year’s Cape Epic.
On 13th Aug Stan will be lined up for the start of the Leadville 100 which is an extreme 100 mile high altitude MTB race in the stunning Colorado Rockies.
Just brilliant that the O2e flag is been waved once again overseas and knowing Stan as I do he will absolutely smash it!!!!!
Best of luck Stan
Sarah has come back to O2e with a monster challenge!
There are a couple of gentle warm up races!! ( London to Brighton Ultra & Race to the King-South Downs Way Ultra ) before the big one!
Fire & Ice is a 250k Ultra 6 day stage race across Iceland starting on 29/8 over all sorts crazy terrain!!!!!!!!!
An absolutely incredible challenge Sarah-very best of luck with all your training
Our Etape du Tour team are back and this year are going north with their Gothenburg to Stockholm Express!
Shergar, Slatts, Rob, Webby, Siobhan, Sponge, Foxy, Skells, Jonesy, Andy, David, Steve, Ben, Johnny & Timbo will be setting off from Goth on Fri 10th June and hopefully be arriving for dinner on Sat 11th for dinner with some 600k in their legs-welcome Rob & Steve but one important team member is missing at the moment BIG RONN we need you on the team!!!!! Many tks to Foxy senior for being our support driver-we are looking for a co-pilot??
Best of luck girls will be the nuts
Some start of the 6 Nations again this weekend. Enjoy your rugby, enjoy your training, get out of your comfort zone…………………………….
All the best