Cycle Challenge Fundraiser
Parents Colin Garnett and Mike Hingley recently took part in the Majorca 312 Cycle Event to raise funds for a new Nurture Room at Chetwynde School and would like to thank everyone who supported them on their challenge. They managed to raise over £1000 of sponsorship, which will go directly towards the cost of the new Nurture Room and Chetwynde School would like to extend our thanks to Mike, Colin and all the people who sponsored them.
The Challenge (by Colin Garnett)
After a winter of training in the cold and rain of England, we arrived in Majorca on the Thursday before the event to be greeted by rain. After building our bikes, we registered on the 312 event and decided to postpone our planned warm up ride until the next day to save ourselves and our equipment from the elements.
At 5.30am my alarm clock informed me that the day of the event had arrived. We all met up and made our way to the start, where 6500 cyclists would depart on the epic 312 cycle challenge. After a dark and chilly start to the day, the sun came up and just after 7am the organisers got the event underway, with Miguel Indurain, (3 time Tour De France winner), leading the peloton of cyclists away.
Following a speedy start, the route headed into the mountains in Northern Majorca and we started to ascend the 16,500 feet of climbs on the route. With the sun shining and spirits high we all rode together for the first 70 miles, but then problems started to hamper us, with gear cables snapping, brakes failing and cramp setting in.
After the toughest day on a bike I have ever experienced, with cramp in my legs and pain in my knee, I missed the cut off time to do the 312 km, (194 mile) route and had to settle for the shorter route. This meant that I only completed 150 miles and 13,500 feet of climbing, but I was very pleased, as this was the longest ride I had ever completed and it also meant I had a chance to cheer Mike over the line when he arrived. After 13 hours of riding, Mike reached the finish to complete the full 312km route after what we both described as a physically and mentally tough day on a bike.