The annual 30 day cycling challenge in aid of Les Bourgs Hospice is back, with a number of riders set to take to the roads over the coming weeks.
Organised by business partners Ian Brown and Paul Brehaut, the event has raised almost £700,000 for the charity funded hospice over the last 12 years.
This time round there are 40 people taking part with each committee to cycling for an hour a day for 30 days.
Among them will be Nigel Jones who has taken part in each year of the 30/30 challenge. But he said despite that, it is definitely not getting any easier for him.
“As I’m getting older it’s getting more difficult. I was 12 years younger when I started this! It’s a strict routine really, to have to set aside the time and get out.”
He said he will try to get out on the roads at the same time each day; but he finds it easier cycling first thing in the morning. If he does not start his day in May with the hour-long ride, it interferes with his routine: “If you miss a morning and end up having to go out in the evening and you’re up in the morning the next day, it’s concertina. It’s good to try and get it to the same time each day otherwise you feel like you’re on the bike all the time.”
For this reason, many of the cyclists opt to ride alone rather than in a group. There are, however, two important get-togethers during the month-long event. The first is today, where all riders will assemble for breakfast together before pedalling off for the first ride. Secondly, on Day 30, riders will take part in the Rock to Rocque, meeting at Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop, which is near the end, in order to finish the final mile together; this is all to add to the team spirit of the event.
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