10th October 2017
Written by Nina Poynter
Nina Poynter and Mags Cowell are members of Sidcup Cycles in Kent, near Brands Hatch. They rode in the 6 hour challenge as a team - "Sidcup Veggie Cyclist" along with many members from their club. Everyone was riding to raise funds for St Marks Hospital who had looked after Mags following major surgery.
Here is what Nina had to say about the morning's experience:
"Revolve took place at Brands Hatch, nice and local - so many people cycled to and from the circuit.
We took part in the 6 hour challenge as a team of two, alongside 20 other Team Sidcup Cycling members.
After registration you have to decide your team mate who is going out on the track first. We had a timing chip wrist band that must be worn all times out on the track.
Some people opted for an hour each then swapped, or 4 laps each then swapped over - there is no hard rule. This proved right for us as by 4 laps you were looking forward to a little R & R, the GP circuit proves to be quite hilly as we soon found out! In my head I was a racing driver for the day, albeit on a push bike, the descents were worth the big push up Druids.
It was a fun filled friendly day, with all the separate teams encouraging each other as a Sidcup rider pedalled past the Pit Lane.
Let’s say the 6 Hour Challenge was just about right for us - it did get harder as the day went on but a few coffee and cake stops certainly got us through and kept the comradery up!! No traffic to worry about and even a hint of sunshine!
Whatever your ability it would be an event you would enjoy. Even a few cycling professionals were amongst the riders on the day Jason Kenny (that's Mr Laura Trott!) in a team of 4, doing the 24 hour relay! You even got a beer at the finish.
I had been seriously doubting the event:- Hamster in a ball came to mind – pedalling around a track. Reality was totally different, A few guys were doing the 24 soloist event so they were more than happy to chat to fellow riders to tell us what inspired them, and it was so interesting to hear their story as another lap rolled past.
Oh did I mention our team got the fastest women’s place….um not quite sure how that happened! But hey we can milk this for at least a year!
Brilliant team work and Brilliant Event.
And we say .... Thank you to all the Sidcup Cyclists for coming along and enjoying the morning! And a big shout out for the £865 that you raised for St Marks.
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