Clearview National December 2015 - Issue 169 - Page 32

INDUSTRYNEWS Training Starts for the GMF Border2Border Toughest Cycling Challenge Yet »»Team members of the GM Fundraising Border2Border (B2B) Cycling Challenge sponsored by Deceuninck, got the first collective taste of just how tough next year’s Vancouver, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico ride will be when they took part in Yorkshire’s 2015 Dark Peak Challenge. While the landscape and the climate may be continents apart, the challenge was a great taster for the team, covering some 65 miles and scaling heights of 1640 feet. The ride was officially started by Former World Champion Yvonne McGregor MBE, Cycling Manager on the Border2Border Cycling Challenge, and B2B team members taking part included Matthew Glover, Darren Lloyd, Andrew Glover, Mike James, Alan Sadler and Nigel Barrett. The ‘West Yorkshire Windows’ team line up was completed by, James Elston and Andy Ibberson. Gary Morton comments: “Taking place over 11 days next June, spanning 2,016 miles between Vancouver, Canada and Tijuana, Mexico, offering up 92,295 feet of climbing and temperatures in excess of 40 degrees, the GMF B2B ride is being described as the ‘Toughest Yet’ for good reason. Without the necessary advanced training there is no way even an experienced cyclist would survive the B2B challenge. That’s why the 18 strong riding team are already starting a regime of planned training of the 2,500 miles target prior to the ride, including 75,000 feet climbing and at least fifteen, 70 plus mile rides over the next 12 months. “Riders commented that this Dark Peak challenge really proved how essential this training is as many of the days on B2B are far tougher. It was the first of many such training weekends with more to follow including Wales, Mallorca & the Peak District.” To follow the progress of the team during their 12 month training visit www. gmfundraising.co.uk/border2border BORDER2BORDER FACT SHEET How far? Not allowing for detours, the total distance for Border2Border is 2016 miles, or the equivalent of riding from the London Eye to the Manchester Velodrome every day, for 11 consecutive days. How steep? More than 90,000 feet of climbing - to put it into perspective the 2011 Tour De France, rated as one of the toughest, had nine mountain stages with a combined total of 69,000 feet of climbing. Border2Border will see the team cross seven mountain ranges. How high? Border2Border starts in Vancouver and heads west into the Cascade Mountains climbing two 4,000 feet summits on day two alone. The following days will see the riders traverse the Columbian Plateau with its peaks and valleys achieving a maximum altitude of 7,700 feet at Crater Lake before descending into the Sacramento Valley. South of San Francisco the ride follows the Pacific coast then heads over the California Coastal Mountains, descending into the San Joaquim Valley, climbing from sea level to 5,000 feet across the Southern Sierra Nevada into the Mojave Desert. The ride then crosses the San Antonio Mountains, dropping into the San Bernardino Valley before climbing 4000 feet over the San Jacinto Mountains before descending into the Anza Borrego Desert then climbing 4200 feet over the Laguna Mountains to San Diego. The ride to Tijuana is along the coast and largely flat. How sunny? Border to Border will see the riders’ cycle south from latitude 49°N to 32°N. They will start in Vancouver where June daytime temperatures can vary wildly from 12-20°C, down through Washington State and Oregon where the weather can be cold wet and windy, into California where June temperatures in the Mojave and Anza Borrego Deserts rarely drop below 40°C. How much? Each of the eighteen riders will raise a minimum of £3,500 in sponsorship and combined with the income from kit sponsorship and the headline sponsor the fundraising target for Border2Border is £100,000. Every penny raised will go directly to Hope House Children’s Hospices because the riders and support team will each cover their own personal costs such as