On Saturday 30th May some of the ATA members took to their static bikes and cycled for 12 hours non stop to raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity who provide vital support to soldiers, veterans and their families in times of need. The aim of the challenge wasn’t just to raise money, but to raise awareness and support to those serving and ex-serving personnel and their families who might be suffering in what is turning out to be a very difficult 2020.
The overall scale, breadth and range of what the Army Benevolent Fund support is vast. They help very young serving families cope with a sudden bereavement or traumatic loss. They provide wide-ranging support to wounded soldiers, many of whom will need increasing financial assistance for decades to come. They provide help with housing, education and training for employment for soldiers and veterans of all ages. They are there for older veterans and their widows or widowers when they find themselves lonely or isolated.
They road through London, New York, Te Anu and Naunonga (islands in the Pacific Ocean) and Innsbruck and have raised over £2000!
*THE FULL TWELVE HOURS*
Total Distance: 4897.2 km
Average Distance Per Person: 326.47km
Average Pace: 27.2km/hr
Number of litres of water drank: 186
Bananas Eaten: 44
‘Bars’ (protein, flapjack, chocolate) Eaten: 43
Cups of Tea Drank: 13
Cups of Coffee Drank: 21
Other ‘nutrition’ included… 4 peanut butter and jam sandwiches, 1 omelette, 8 oranges, 5 Soreen slices, 9 ice lollies, 10 energy gels, brioche, yogurt, 1 cheese and pickle sandwich, 3 bags of crisps, 1 large meat feast pizza, BBQ sausages (leftover), tube of pringles, 1 bowl of chicken pasta, 5 apples, 1 fresh scone (cream then jam)…
Total Individual Riders: 61
Average Riders per Meet-Up: 32
Total Distance Covered in 12 hours by All Participants: 10,284km
Average Pace for all Participants: 26.7km/hr