A 24 hour race takes some organising to get everything ready, the South Downs Double was quite a challenge as the support crew needed to travel between each of the arranged check points. The South Downs Triple is another ball game in a different league.
Completing 300 miles in one hit is a monumental challenge, where I am aiming for a sub 36 hour time. Riding for 36 hours puts far more strain on your body than a 24 hour event. I am privileged to have a top support crew from the AQR racing team where they have raced at European and World class events. I also have an Olympic level sports doctor and physiotherapist who are working at the 2012 Games.
Having ridden the SDW many times raising money for charity, it is only appropriate that there are some beneficiaries from my ride. This time there are two charities;
The British Heart Foundation who provide research and support for those with heart disease. They also regularly organise the SDW 100 mile Randonnee, which I have ridden many times.
St Mary's Church in Reigate who are building a new community centre to serve the Church and the local community. Click here to donate to St Marys Community Building Project
Many thanks to USE for providing the Exposure Lights to see me through the night. In a race environment the course is checked in advance and other riders help to keep it clear, on the SDW there are often hidden obstacles and wildlife to contend with during the night. The Exposure 6 Pack with its 1800 Lumens will bring some daylight to the darkness, and hopefully disperse the sheep.
Training is going well with some long rides on the SDW to refresh myself of the route. A few gates have been replaced where the SDW markers are missing, this preparation will reduce any navigational errors. There has also been a change to the route at the Eastbourne end. It is now and extra mile, or an extra 3 miles for me, where the bridleway and footpath sections finish at the same place. Previously there was a nice ring to finishing at Paradise Drive. Dukes Drive doesn't sound quite the same.
Everything else is sorting it self out, while I wait for a decent weather window in June.