‘Miles of Nowhere’ donates to Choc

2017-10-31 06:01
Lynne Macrae, Matthew Wickham and Isabel Moolman give their all at the 2017 ‘100 Miles of Nowhere’.PHOTO: supplied

Lynne Macrae, Matthew Wickham and Isabel Moolman give their all at the 2017 ‘100 Miles of Nowhere’.PHOTO: supplied

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THE 2017 SA edition of 100 Miles of Nowhere static training bike ride was completed by a band of The Cows cycling enthusiasts recently, raising R40 000 for Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation.

With a packed calendar and a number of logistical challenges, there was chatter in the herd of The Cows about cancelling the 2017 100 Miles of Nowhere, but the Westville Cadence Cycling Performance Centre decided to make their studio available so the KZN Herd could host a “limited edition” version of the event, by tackling the task en masse.

The key change was simplifying the event to allow each bike to be ridden by a team of participants, normally in relay teams of four.

Cadence manager and head coach Matt Wickham gave the countdown to the 1pm start, kicking off what would be a five to six-hour riding day for most teams covering the 150 kilometres.

There were 10-second power sprints for spot prizes for men and ladies, as well as prizes for the first team and, the first mixed team over the line, and the last team over the half-way mark, ensuring that everyone was a winner.

The variety of teams taking part added to the fun, from serious cycle club teams from Kings Park Cycle Club and Westville Cycle Club, to corporate entries from local businesses Steel & Pipes Africa and Shell Blair Atholl, to junior teams, a team of The Cows, and mixed rider teams.

“It was great to feel the common aim of everyone taking part. There was a personal challenge to contribute to covering the 100 miles, but most of all everyone was there to raise money for The Cows so that we can make a difference in children’s lives,” said event organiser Rose Owen.

“And even if it wasn’t your team, everyone was cheering each other on, and in some cases, jumping in and helping a struggling team by peddling a few minutes or kilometres to help get those bikes over the line. There is just something about seeing that 160km number on the bike and knowing you did it,” she added.

“An event like this is not easy and we found that out this year – but Westville Cadence Cycling Performance Centre made sure we still had a chance to make a difference.”

More information can be found at www.thecows.co.za - Supplied.

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