Cyclists Fighting Cancer - Helping Kids With Cancer
Cyclists Fighting Cancer - Helping Kids With Cancer
Cyclists Fighting Cancer - Helping Kids With Cancer

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The Magnificent Seven Seat Bike Challenge

The Magnificent Seven Seat Bike Challenge

22nd - 28th MAY 2022

LIVE TRACKING OF THE CHALLENGE HERE

 
 

The Challenge

The Challenge

John O’Groats to Lands End is an iconic long-distance cycle ride covering approximately 1,000 miles from the north coast of Scotland down to the beaches of Cornwall.  It is a tough endurance ride even on a standard bike but it’s an even bigger challenge on a seven seat conference bike weighing in at 200kg, with an average speed of 6 miles per hour!  The current Guinness World Record was set in 2010 by a team of 194 people taking 28 days, 8 hours and 27 minutes, the aim is to smash this record by completing the challenge in just 7 days with 14 people!


The Bike

The Bike

Never heard of a conference bike? Neither had we! Originally intended as a team building tool the 7 seat bike allows everyone to sit socially facing inwards in a circle, 6 people pedal while the person at the back steers. Weighing in at a hefty 200kg (without riders) with a reported top speed of a terrifying 47 miles per hour (going downhill) but a lot slower on the flat and even slower going uphill, if the team can keep an average of 6 miles an hour they’ll be doing really well.


The Team

The Team

Once the conference bike’s wheels have started turning in John O'Groats the aim is to not stop pedalling until crossing the imaginary finish line in Lands End. To do this there are going to be two teams of 7 people who will take turns to ride and rest in 8 hour shifts.  The teams are:

Team 1 Riders - Colin Bolton, Graham Hunter, Matthew Belmonte, Hugh Williamson, Andy Nesling, Mike Summerfield.

Team 2 Riders - Jeff Kapp, Nic Burridge, Ed Greig, Paul Berry, Richard Falconer, Mark Wilson, Tony Payne.

The core group of riders all met at University and have kept in touch ever since. They have done several cycle touring trips in the past (such as Lhasa to Kathmandu, across Iceland and Shimla to Leh) but nothing quite like this before. The idea started with Colin's son getting the book of Guinness World Records from the library where he came across the 'splendidly silly but hard' conference bike record, he pitched the idea to some of the friends over Christmas, and the rest as they say is history! Fellow rider, Jeff has a previous connection with CFC and suggested supporting us with their record breaking attempt;

"I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2008. As an ex Elite cyclist there was no way I was going to follow the stock "rest & take it easy" advice. Thanks to Mike's research (CFC CEO), Lance Armstrong's first book, a forward thinking oncologist and some very supportive cycling buddies, I kept riding all the way through my treatment and I am confident that I came through the other side in a much better way thanks to the exercise. I'm not sure how I met Mike but we got together a number of times and his research and subsequent work were invaluable. Cancer is tough on adults, but so much tougher on kids, so supporting CFC was a natural thing for me to do, particularly given that my cousin's son did not survive cancer at a very young age. The work that you do is so great in both aiding recovery, and enriching the lives of the benefactors; when we decided on this endeavour I was very keen that we found some way to support CFC". 


Get Involved

Get Involved


The team are going to need all the support they can get and would love for you to get involved any way you can:

  • DONATE - to make a donation towards their heroic/wonderful/crazy effort visit their JOGLE, by conference bike Just Giving page.   
  • FOLLOW - to keep up to date with all the latest developments and follow the team during the event itself go to the Magnificent Seven Seat Bike Challenge event on our Facebook page.  We'll be posting updates and photos here every day during the challenge.
  • TRACK LIVE - follow the teams progress via the live tracker HERE.
  • SPONSOR - your company can sponsor the team and we will place your logo on here and also promote your sponsorship across our social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • MAKE SOME NOISE - the outline schedule is below and there will be live tracking during the challenge, so why not go along to the nearest town, cheer them on and make some noise!!

 


The Schedule

The Schedule

  •  Date 
    Team
    Start/End Locations
     Est Times
  • Sunday 22nd May
    Both Teams
    John O’Groats - Wick
    10:00 am - 14:00 pm
  •  
    Team 2
    Wick - Golspie
    14:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  •  
    Team 1
    Golspie - Kessock Bridge
    22:00 pm - 06:00am
  • Monday 23rd May
    Team 2
    Kessock Bridge - Kingussie
    6:00 am - 14:00 pm
  •  
    Team 1
    Kingussie - Pitlochry
    14:00 pm - 22:00 pm
  •  
    Team 2
    Pitlochry - Kelty
    22:00 pm - 06:00am
  • Tuesday 24th May
    Team 1
    Kelty - Biggar
    6:00 am - 14:00 pm
  •  
    Team 2
    Biggar - Gretna Green
    14:00 pm - 22.00 pm
  •  
    Team 1
    Gretna Green - Shap
    22:00 pm - 06:00am
  • Wednesday 25th May
    Team 2
    Shap - Preston
    6:00 am - 14:00 pm
  •  
    Team 1
    Preston - Weaverham
    14:00 pm - 22.00 pm
  •  
    Team 2
    Weaverham - Sleapford
    22:00 pm - 06:00am 
  • Thursday 26th May
    Team 1
    Sleapford - Worcester
    6:00 am - 14:00 pm 
  •  
    Team 2
    Worcester - Stone
    14:00 pm - 22.00 pm
  •  
    Team 1
    Stone - Bridgewater
    22:00 pm - 06:00am 
  • Friday 27th May
    Team 2
    Bridgewater - Crediton
    6:00 am - 14:00 pm 
  •  
    Team 1
    Crediton - Launceston
    14:00 pm - 22.00 pm
  •  
    Team 2
    Launceston - Hayle
    22:00 pm - 06:00am 
  • Saturday 28th May
    Team 1
    Hayle - Lands End
    6:00 am - 14:00 pm 
 

Contact

Contact

If you would like to speak to someone at Team CFC about the challenge and how you can get involved please contact Rachel on rachel@cyclistsfc.org.uk.

For all press enquires please contact the team at Aspire PR on CyclistsFC@aspirepr.co.uk.

Thank you.