It is an honour to be part of the GM Fundraising team who completed the epic Rome 2 Home cycling adventure on Saturday 19th June 2010 at Hope House Children’s Hospices, after 9 gruelling days on the road across Europe. For those involved it was arguably the toughest challenge yet for the team as a whole.
Difficult roads, complex navigation issues and 12 hour days were some of the immediate challenges for both riders and crew, but the test of riding up Mont Ventoux, one of the Tour de France’s most feared climbs, was perhaps the highlight for many.
The biggest challenge was to get everyone safely up to the 6,273 foot summit after 26km in the saddle and they all achieved it, followed by a descent to the hotel at speeds in excess of 50mph. Total mileage was 1,507 with a 102 hour riding time and a total of 46,418 feet of climbing during the ride.
Individual stats included an average of 30,851 calories burned per person and an average of 161,682 pedal turns. Given these statistics it would be clear to any sports scientist that each and every rider gave it their all.
What a fantastic achievement for us all and that includes both riders and support crew, it was far tougher than we anticipated. Now the task is to get the money pledged to us, collected and passed onto the Hospice where it’s most needed.
In conclusion, a massive thank you to everyone who was supported and followed us, your contributions will make a real difference to the children and families at Hope House and that is exactly why we do them. It’s not too late to make a donation to help us reach our £55,000 target, log on to www.justgiving.com/rome-2-home.
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