World in a Day is back! Supporting #DoddieAid

Fundraising Link


At 8pm on January 30th as World in a Day ended the total raised through DoddieAid since January 1st was £950,000.

World in a Day cyclists have made a massive contribution to this total, as we aim for £1 million raised to help find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. Thank you to everyone who took part!

Total miles
Times around the world
Gumpers active

The South






North & Midlands


Scottish Exiles


Miss the event? Rewatch the journey here

Part 1
Mark & Rob welcome,
Ally McCoist

Part 2
Stuart Hogg,
Dame Katherine Grainger,
JJ Chalmers

Part 3
Catch up with captains,
Jason Fox,
Stoltman Bros

Part 4
Jenni Falconer,
Gavin Hastings,
Andrew Cotter

How it Works

World in a Day first happened in April and May 2020 when hundreds of cyclists formed a ‘virtual peloton,’ and raised over £230,000 for NHS Charities Together. We are bringing the event back in support of the brilliant fundraising – which is getting people active in January 2021 and fundraising to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

The event runs between 6am and 8pm on Saturday 30th January and you are invited to take on an epic endurance challenge in the comfort of your garage (or home) – whilst joining a star studded line up of guests on the all-day Zoom, which makes the time fly-by with stories and inspiration. So many of you have been fundraising brilliantly already and we hope ‘World in a Day’ can bring many of you together.

#donateyourmiles is one way to turbo boost fundraising efforts as we aim to raise a staggering £1 million!

Thanks for registering and spreading the word!

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Saturday 30th January 2021

Between 6am and 8pm you are invited to join the #DoddieAid ‘virtual peloton’ – you will receive the Zoom link and all the information as soon as you register below. You do not need any other platform – it all happens on Zoom. However, for those on Zwift, we will organise a meet-up.

The concept is simple – it is 18,000 mile to cycle around the World. How many times can we cycle around the World in a day? And which district can cycle the furthest?

For the big mile hunters, we are looking for a core group to take on the mighty 240 mile challenge – to cycle all day and replicate one day of Mark Beaumont’s record breaking ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. Maybe a 60 miles or 120 is a suitable challenge – but whatever you target, make it tough! The best part of this event is the superb line up of guests, popping into the ride all day to have a chat. The miles will fly by!

Please register to be given access to the LIVE video link for the event – so you can be entertained & inspired during your miles!

Preparation Advice

If you plan to join us in riding the full 240 miles, then you’re in for an incredible shift. Here’s some advice from Paralympian Steve Bate.

Please hydrate well and eat regularly throughout the day. Pace yourself and if you feel unwell at any time, please stop.

Being prepared is the key. Mark didn’t just jump on his bike one day and blast around the world in record time. Hours, days months and years went into his famous 80 day challenge so we have put together a few notes to help you get ready.

Following the tips below, and adapting them to your personal needs, will help get you around the world in this amazing virtual peloton. So let’s take a look…

  1. Have your bike set up somewhere where you will not have to move it. This should be close to a power source for trainers, laptops, phones, fans etc. You may even need a four plug socket bar to get everything you need plugged in.
  2. Make sure there’s good bench surface next to you, within arms-reach where you can put everything you need. This will allow you to stay on the bike for the duration of each block. Make sure you have more water bottles than you think you need already made up and a couple of towels. It’s worth covering the headset of your bike too, to stop it getting covered in sweat.
  3. Break the ride into blocks. Mentally this will be easier for you to focus on bite-sized chunks instead of thinking of the big picture. The more time you spend getting on and off your bike, the longer your day will be. Discipline here is key.

I’ll break my ride up into four hour blocks. You can do whatever suits you but having a structure in place will significantly increase your chances of success, and also give you something to focus on throughout the day. It looks like four x four hour blocks will be the time frame I need to get the 240 miles done.

Time flies during each well-earned break, so make sure you plan your breaks to stay on schedule. Here’s what I do:

  • On the dot of 4 hours I stop pedalling and get off the bike.
  • Set a timer on my phone for 25 minutes (this is my TOP TIP!)
  • Remove my shoes and head to the bathroom for a toilet stop
  • Change my bib shorts into clean dry shorts and applying more chamois cream.
  • Head to the kitchen for a small meal or snack (prepared already)
  • Make a brew (I only drink one coffee a day, so I’ll save this until the afternoon shift – when I really need it!)
  • Refill bottles (high juice with a pinch of salt). Later in the day I might treat myself to chocolate milk. Also prepare snacks for the next 4 hour block.
  • When the timer goes off (and it always goes off before you want it to!) head back to your bike taking everything you need; bottles, phone, snacks etc
  • Put your shoes on, get ready to go and begin your next  block.

Your first break will pass in the blink of an eye,  but as the day goes on you will find your rhythm. The key here is to set a time and stick to it. I stop for 30 minutes, but if you need an hour, work that into your day, but remember while you are off the bike, time is disappearing and no miles are being covered.

I change my bib shorts out every four hour block. Sometimes I feel this isn’t necessary but it’s worth getting a few pairs ready to go, as it protects my undercarriage for these long durations..

  • I’ll have my bike set up and ready to go, making sure the software of the on line platform I use is updated. The last thing you need is to be waiting for an update at 3:50 am in the morning!
  • Set up my computer and make sure all my ANT connections are working okay.
  • Leave my cycling shoes by my bike and rest a towel over the saddle, so they’re ready to go
  • Make up my bottles for the first block of riding and have them on the surface next to my bike.
  • Make sure my snacks are made and ready, I like a mix of sweet and savoury, so I can choose what I feel like. The important thing is to make sure you eat!
  • Chare charge my phone. I have a tripod set up that holds my phone next to my bike, which I put earphones in to listen to music, or talk to people all hands free. This is key to help pass the time. Stay connected to our group on Zoom!
  • Put my cycling kit, bib shorts, base layer, socks, Heart rate monitor, chamois cream in the bathroom. This way I can get out of bed at 3:30am (alarm set) and quietly head to the bathroom to get ready and not wake up loved ones.
  • Have your coffee and breakfast  prepared so you’re not crashing around your kitchen. I’ll tend to have breakfast on the bike once I’ve started riding. This allows me to get up only half an hour before I need to start riding. You may need longer if you want to eat before you start riding.
  • if you are using an online platform turn your computer on and check it loads. . Again preparation is the key to everything running smoothly on Thursday morning. You really want to start your ride in a good head space, not frustrated because you have run out of time.

The idea is to be as efficient as possible, this making it easier to start on time when you are still half asleep and wondering why the hell you are doing this in the first place.

  • Don’t set off at break neck speeds hoping to be done in six hours. This is an ultra-endurance ride, not a sprint. Pacing is the key, ease in for the win!
  • Enjoy the process of achieving something not many people will have done. This isn’t a race. No one is going to care if you beat Mark and his team to 240 miles.
  • Ride at a pace “you” can sustain for the duration of the ride, which could be up to 16 hours in the saddle.
  • After you have your scheduled break, you may find your legs feel heavy to get going again, this is normal. I like to ease back into my pace instead of getting caught up on trying to hold whatever my average kph target is from the get go. I can make up the lost kph of the first 10 -15 minutes over the whole block, so ease in for the long term win!

Here’s my plan of attack for the ride…

I’m going to ride between 25-30kph depending on the terrain of the on line platform I’ll be using. I’m not to bothered about my power output or heart rate, but will use them as a guide to stop myself pushing too hard.  I don’t want to exceed ~250w and I’ll be trying to keep my heart rate below ~100bpm. Remember this is “my” plan, and I’m a professional athlete. I encourage you to use this as a guide to work within what you think is sustainable for you. The key thing here is, you have to be able to do this all day, so please be realistic in the targets you set yourself. It’s far better to set off easy and pick it up, than go out like a rocket and hang on.

  • What works for me is eating every 30 minutes.
  • I’ll snack on oat balls and rice cakes (not the dry kind, the pro cyclist kind) with maybe some dried mango or similar fruit.
  • I steer clear of gels and energy bars on big rides like this, as they don’t sit well with me after hours and hours on the bike. They are great for racing, but this isn’t a race, so it’s real food for me on long rides.
  • During the breaks I will most likely have a toasted bagel with some sort of nut butter, as my small meal.
  • Eat little and often – I don’t want the blood rushing to my stomach to digest a heavy meal, when I need my legs to work.

*Please note, this is from my experience, and not ‘your personal nutritional advice’. I’m just giving you an ideal what works for me after years of riding these type of events. If you have a tried and tested system, then I encourage you to use that.

If you have read this far it’s clear your body is capable of churning out the miles, the only thing that will stop you is your mind. This may well be the biggest ride you will ever do. It’s going to be a hard day. Big days in the saddle are hard for anyone, Mark will tell you that for free.

Two things that help me when it starts to hurt:

  1. I remember why I am doing this. To challenge myself and raise money for people who are putting in as bigger shift as I am right now! You are not alone in this. I tell myself to be grateful I’m riding my bike, and in this instants, not working on the front line fighting this awful disease. But with every pedal revolution, I am making a difference and helping those very people.
  2. At some point I will want to stop. I will want to get off so it can all be over. My brain will give me all sorts of wonderful excuses why it’s okay for me to stop pedalling right now and just quit. I love this place in my own head, for me this is where I learn the most about who I really am as I person, and what I’m made of. So have a plan ready for when that voice in your head tells you don’t need to finish this challenge. It could be the lines above remembering why, it could be pedal for another half an hour and see how you feel? You might phone a friend for a chat to past the time……..Whatever it is, have something ready to answer those voices in your head, because they will start talking to you.

Hard times will always pass. The rain will stop and the sun will shine again. As long as you acknowledge you are in a hard patch, you will get through it, and feel better because you did. It will make that 8pm NHS clap feel amazing, and your friends and family will be super proud of your achievement.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who took part!

If you have any questions, please get in touch