This weekend, these five mates will bike through 21 counties in England and Scotland, climbing a total of 50,000 ft in elevation. Meet JOGLE…
Hello team JOGLE. So why CALM?
All members of the team have been affected by mental health issues in the past, some still working their way through problematic times. Plus a couple of the guys have dealt personally with male suicide of family or friends and it was what we were all passionate about as an all male team.
How did you get into cycling?
We have all been cycling for many years, we are all members of a triathlon club and have completed lots of triathlons including Ironman races. So thankfully cycling is something we do for fun as well as for a challenge.
Tell us about your challenge…
As a 5 man team we will cycle 960 miles in 8 days from John O Groats to Lands End in mid June, starting on 15th and finishing on 22nd. So we plan to ride an average of 120 miles per day. The distance is a big enough challenge but we have approximately 50,000ft of elevation to climb and so there are going to be a lot of ups and downs, literally.
How is your training going?
Training has gone quite well, we have all needed to train in mini groups as it has been very difficult to co-ordinate schedules for the whole team to ride together. When we have managed to get the full team together it has felt much easier. We are all fit enough for the challenge but the mental challenge of repeatedly feeling tired every day will be something new for us.
What are you nervous about?
Without sounding arrogant we are confident we can complete the distance and will be physically capable. We would be more nervous about the uncontrollables, specifically the weather. We would love calm conditions and a bit of sun, please.
What are you most looking forward to?
Completing a new challenge is exciting and as regular cyclists to say we have done JOGLE that’s a big incentive. Outside of that a big reason for doing this is that we are a team of friends and having 8 days of spending time on the bike, chatting, visiting new areas, should create some great memories.
How can we follow your journey?
We have a website menvmiles.co.uk which will have a live tracker so we can be followed mileby mile, we will be posting daily updates on our Facebook page Men v Miles and finally we have an Instagram account which is @men_v_miles
How will you keep motivated along the way?
The challenge of new routes will keep it fresh every day but as a team we are a well motivated group. The downtime each evening hopefully will include some good food, some great conversation and maybe a couple of drinks.
What’s on your playlist?
Sadly no playlist on this as we will be concentrating on the road but maybe some tracks in the morning to pump ourselves up. One of the team puts playlists together for regular Spinning classes and so we may use those, although he has an ‘eclectic’ taste to say the least.
Find out more about the challenge and donate over at menvmiles.co.uk
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