Zwifting the Tour de France for Qhubeka

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This amazing Qhubeka virtual ride, could not have happened without family support (Photo: R24)
This amazing Qhubeka virtual ride, could not have happened without family support (Photo: R24)

South African triathlete Travis Johnston rode the entire Tour de France and more on his bicycle at home. 

In the process, he raised funds for Qhubeka and potentially set up a new Guinness World record.

Amidst the pandemic, Johnston was thinking about what he could do to make a difference in the lives of children and their education. 

He had partnered with Qhubeka before and knows that their programme is not a handout but rather a hand up, as the children need to demonstrate good grades before qualifying to receive a Qhubeka bike.

"I was looking for an almost impossible, daunting task and came up with the idea of riding the same distance as the Tour de France virtually on Zwift. I then approached the Guinness World records and they suggested that for it to be an official record it would have to be the longest virtual distance cycled in a calendar month, so I aimed to do the distance of the Tour and more in a 30 day period," said Johnston.

Johnston has a sporting background with 10 years as a professional triathlete on ITU and Ironman circuits and eight National titles as an elite under his belt. But this challenge required a different preparation approach. Johnston worked with mental coaches and put a lot of effort into getting his nutrition dialled in.

Dubbed RideforQhubeka, during the Tour de France Johnston rode the same distance as the actual competitors and tried to match their elevation too.

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