Paraplegic Crawley man enters 24-hour non-stop endurance cycle race
Robert Groves, 58, from Crawley, left paralysed from the waist down after a serious accident eight years ago has entered the original and best 24-hour non-stop endurance cycle race, RIDE24. Held at the famous Thruxton Motor Circuit, 6-7 September, the race is organised by children’s charity, Action Medical Research.
Thruxton is a world renowned 2.4-mile motor circuit, famous for being one of the fastest in the UK. This ultimate in biking challenges sees teams of four and solo riders racing night and day on the closed circuit.
Robert will be using a handcycle from Germany during the ride. He was inspired to take up cycling after seeing the athletes at the London 2012 Paralympics. Robert says: “Before my accident I always took care of myself. I am a qualified nutritionist and fitness instructor, but afterwards I ballooned up to 17 and a half stone. I was desperate to get my mojo back and to get into shape again and seeing the guys at the Paralympics really encouraged me to give handcycling a try.”
To get himself ready for this epic challenge, Robert has been training solidly for two years. Five times each week and for four hours at a time, Robert lifts weights and uses a crank cycle to build up his strength and stamina. Once his bike is delivered he will also incorporate some open road cycling to prepare him for the challenges of the open road.
Robert is taking part in RIDE24 for Action Medical Research because he has a personal link with the charity. A friend’s child recently died of leukaemia and another friend’s baby died at birth from a brain haemorrhage. Robert says: “As well as raising money for Action Medical Research, I am also doing RIDE24 to raise awareness of the struggle that people face to get the care they need. I also want to show people with disabilities, or those with debilitating illnesses, that they can achieve something and get fit.”
Completing RIDE24 is a pre-qualifier for the US New York to Los Angeles ride, which Robert plans to compete in next year. He is also riding from Scotland to London in November, with 50 per cent of the funds he raises going to Action. He will be riding with 15 other people and has already gained sponsorship from Sainsbury’s, BAA and Halfords, who will follow Robert’s journey and do any necessary repairs to keep his bike in tiptop condition.
Robert, says: “I am planning to cycle for 10-15 miles an hour for 23 hours straight. I want to set a record, which I then aim to break next year. Overall, I want to push myself as far as I can as best I can."
To sponsor Robert visit http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/raceforthedisabled
For more information about RIDE24 and direct places with Action Medical Research, visit the website: www.action.org.uk/ride24
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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. We want to make a difference in:
tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.
Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.
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