I start this blog with a warm glow of pride. Some of you may have seen on the BBC credits that Threshold Sports delivered the amazing David Walliams & John Bishop challenges for Sport Relief. Together the 2 events have raised over 6 million quid. What’s the goss I hear you ask?
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After a trip to the Olympic Velodrome a couple of weeks ago, it highlighted to us how big 2012 is going to be (and how good we are at cycling!). After the inspiration of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games this summer our riders will be pumped up and ready to win a medal for themselves.
Whilst training continues, we are aware that rider focus is turning to logistics. How do I get to Land’s End? Do I need accommodation? How can I transport my bike? Our job is to alleviate the unknown to our riders, so below are some important logistical updates. Read More…
This week I feel lucky. I’ve had three things happen from which I derive inspiration.
The first was when Alex Patridge (Beijing silver medallist & gunning for a place in one of the GB boats) came to speak to a group of potential Deloitte RABers at Balfour Beatty. He spoke of being on the hardest training camp of his life in South Africa where dear old Jurgen (coach) made them mountain bike at altitude and then do ergos until they literally dropped. What did you learn we asked?
As previously posted, Robert Crampton (of Beta Male fame – Saturday Times Magazine) is on track for completing Deloitte RAB 2012…
It is clear from his recent article on Christmas Eve that he is approaching the ride with intrepidation and excitement – the same as many of you. Training on Christmas Day? Is that really necessary? Robert was up for it, but only after having a pork pie for breakfast – a strange Northern tradition (but great energy food)!
The UK’s premier long distance cycling challenge taking you on a breathless tour of the UK’s finest scenery
Deloitte RAB was the brainchild of the 3 founders at Threshold Sports. James Cracknell, Julian Mack and Charlie Beauchamp. Never one to shy away from a challenge, James was considering entering the Race Across America when it dawned on all three that there was nobody out there doing a great job at the Ride Across Britain.
There were lots of individuals doing it off their own back with panniers and carrying all their equipment, and also several small companies running groups of 12 or 14 people over two weeks, but nobody was doing the classic ‘end to end’ route in a way that gathered people en masse to experience it.
There were a few key things that really mattered to the team creating the event.
- It had to take in the most beautiful scenery in the country
- It had to be tough enough to represent a huge challenge, but not so hard it was only feasible for pros
- It had to capture the spirit of camaraderie that comes with 800 people taking on a shared challenge
- Everything on the event had to be taken care of so riders didn’t have to worry about a thing except enjoying the ride each day
Under the organising thought of ‘breathless sightseeing’ they set about planning all the fine details from the number of climbs to just how many clean dry towels are needed for a rider’s hot shower at the end of the day. The vision was brought to life and on 10th June, 2010 the first 600 riders set off from John O’Groats bound for Land’s End.
Since then the Ride has gone from strength to strength. We know that Land’s End and John O’Groats are not going anywhere and as long as they remain there will be people wanting an epic challenge to cycle between the two ends of this beautiful island. Nothing matters more to us than the rider experience which is why the feedback we get keeps us so enthusiastic each year.
If you are interested then have a look around the site. See what we offer in more detail and what other people have said about their experience. We live by the mantra of ‘More Is In You’ and we want to show people just how true this is.
Congratulations to George Watkins…a hero of 2011. His Guinness World Record has been confirmed and he’s in the record books for the “Fastest journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats (or vice versa) by Elliptical Cycle.”
In early 2011 Deloitte RAB HQ received a call from George Watkins; a young guy from Hertfordshire with a dream to complete the journey from John O’Groats to Land’s End. But, this wasn’t going to be any ordinary journey. Read More…
As the alarm clicked on at 5.35am, I realised it was a few degrees colder than it had been in recent days. Not sure if that was the fear of getting up early on a Sunday, or the actual UK weather, but once outside I headed to the station I realised that yes, it was a bit nippy. My thoughts went straight to the Deloitte RAB riders coming to the first training ride in Surrey. Would they have enough warm clothes? Would they have long fingered gloves? I guess they’ll just have to cycle hard up the hills in preparation for Land’s End to John O’Groats!
Mack, Dave and I were really looking forward to the day as it was a chance to meet so many riders who we had only had a chance to talk to on the phone, or via email. This kind of event really brings Deloitte RAB to life, and putting faces to names makes our job much more enjoyable. On arrival at the Holiday Inn Epsom Racecourse the sun was rising, and a wonderful mist covered the beautiful countryside. There was a squad of lycra and bikes ready and waiting in the car park – it was going to be a special day. Read More…
There is a lot going on in the land of Deloitte RAB, and we’re very excited to announce the date of our first “Rock up and Ride” training session on Sunday 20th November – heading to the cycling hub of the South East, Box Hill.
With 323 days to go until our riders set off from Land’s End, it’s easy to think that training can ‘start tomorrow’, but with the winter months approaching it really is time to start putting in the miles. We are urging our riders to start now; dust down the frame, oil up the chain and get out on the road. Read More…
The sense of camaraderie on Deloitte RAB is something extraordinary. 700 cyclists out on the road, in it together and willing each other to succeed. Why not get your mates involved so they don’t miss out? Perhaps your desk buddy at work, a mate who you see at spinning classes, or even ‘Jimmy’ who you play football with on a Saturday morning? Read More…
Now we have a great amount of budding riders signed up it’s time to get to know you all! One of the best things about Deloitte RAB is the community that is created, and as Rider Services Manager I am looking forward to meeting you all at some point on your Deloitte RAB journey.