Cows size up for ‘100 Miles of Nowhere’

 Photo: supplied Ian Prentis dishes out some robust encouragement to Iris Varty in The Cow suit during the 100 Miles of Nowhere Choc fund-raising event last year.
Photo: supplied Ian Prentis dishes out some robust encouragement to Iris Varty in The Cow suit during the 100 Miles of Nowhere Choc fund-raising event last year.

UNABLE to turn their backs on a sporting challenge, a die-hard band of cycling bovines will square up to the task of riding 160 kilometres on a static training bicycle this Friday as their contribution to The Cows fund-raiser for the Choc Childhood Cancer Foundation.

The South African edition of the 100 Miles of Nowhere was started by The Cows in 2011, emulating the iconic fundraiser started by American blogger and cycling enthusiast Eldon Nelson, and has been held at Cadence Cycle Performance Centres around the country.

With a packed calendar and a number of logistical challenges presenting themselves, there was chatter in the herd of The Cows about cancelling the 2017 100 Miles of Nowhere, but the Westville core of the herd would have nothing of it, and tackled the task en masse on Friday afternoon September 29.

"The last two years the Westville cadence studio has been packed for the 100 Miles of Nowhere," said manager and head coach Matt Wickham.

"When it was decided not to run it at a national level this year, we gave the KZN herd the opportunity to run it as a stand-alone event at the Westville studio, and they jumped at it.

"They are an incredibly energetic and lively bunch, to say the least.”

Of the 20 bikes set up at the Westville studio, 10 have already been booked for the annual fund-raiser.

"We are taking entries of teams, basically any number of riders as not everyone is as fit as they would like to be at this time of year," he said.

With The Cows having set a national target of R10 million to be raised for Choc to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Cows, the sporting enthusiasts are using every opportunity to nudge their national fund-raiser closer to that lofty tally.

More information can be found at www.100milesofnowhere.co.za
- Supplied.

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