Land’s End to John O’Groats in driving rain
Kevin Jones completes his 970 mile challenge
We’re very happy to report that Kevin Jones, has completed his 9 day cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a 970 mile “Ride Across Britain” challenge. We caught up with Kevin to find out how he got on and what happens next.
A member since 2015, Kevin has been using both the facilities of Pulse 8 and Nirvana Spa to help him prepare for and compete in numerous cycling sportives across the UK over the last couple of years. His most recent challenge was completed last month. Unfortunately Kevin and his fellow riders had to endure the entire 9 days, in driving, energy sapping rain.
The dreadful weather conditions had a huge effect on the riders and, unusually this year, many had to retire before the finish. It was draining physically and mentally, but Kevin managed to complete the race and, with all of his preparation training, managed it without injury. By making good progress and finishing each stage early in the day he could take advantage of all the race support facilities. In particular, he was grateful for the massages he received and for the foam rolling help offered by the sport physio students from Birmingham University. Not to mention the hot showers and a decent meal!
He was also buoyed on by an opportunity to take part in a question and answer session with Mark Cavendish. The following day he had a chance to set off on one of the stages with him and his team. Whilst Kevin is extremely fit, he realised just how powerful you have to be to cycle at international level, when Mark Cavendish disappeared in a spray of rain and left him long forgotten and way behind!
Kevin burnt 90 thousand calories but raised £4,500! £3,500 of this goes to Prince’s Trust and £1,000 to RAF’s Benevolent Fund.
Kevin’s next challenge is the qualifier event for the UCI Gran Fondo 2018 World Championships. The qualifiers are open to riders of all levels and are held all over the world. The top 25% from each qualifying event, for each age group, will go to Milan in August for the final. This will be Kevin’s third attempt, having come very close to qualifying last year he plans to ramp up his training at Pulse 8.
Training for the event will be power focused with WATT bike and Hitt featuring heavily in the programme. Kevin uses music as his main training aid to get him through his training sessions.
We’ll catch up with Kevin during the year, to find out how his training is going and what events he’ll be doing with his team, Wokingham Cycling Club, to help him reach a faster time.
Good luck Kevin!