Mission Accomplished
£231k raised for NHS Charities Together!

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How it worked

From 23rd April to 14th May 2020, each Thursday, a group of cyclists and rowers formed a ‘virtual peloton,’ and raised over £230,000 for NHS Charities Together.

The aim was to #donateyourmiles and raise over £18,000 a week – for the 18,000 miles distance for cycling around the World – but they smashed that target and along the way shared stories and experiences in a fantastic online community.

Thank you to everyone who took part and who sponsored.

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A message from Mark Beaumont

Dear riders and rowers,

In just three weeks, World in a Day has raised an estimated £200k for NHS Charities Together – we will have an update from Virgin Money Giving at the start of next week – the original goal was £25,000 a week!

Now we are focused on what may be the final World in a Day – a full month of this crazy challenge – on Thursday 14th May. Our new target is to smash the target of £250k for NHS Charities Together.

We need all you hardy bike riders and rowers to come back for another shift and to nominate friends and family, so we can put in a massive final push ‘Around the World’ in support of our amazing healthcare workers.

Worldinaday.com is an unbelievably gruelling challenge, whether on a bike or on a rowing machine. It’s been made manageable by the hundreds of people who’ve joined myself, Steve Bate and Mel Nicholls for each of the last three Thursdays, whether it’s been for 20 miles or the full 240 miles.

This event has shown the best aspects of the cycling and rowing community – the camaraderie and the positivity.

The COVID-19 situation is evolving significantly on a daily basis. This is a UK-wide event and there may be some changes to lockdown restriction in some areas of the UK this Sunday, and nobody knows what will happen after that.

That’s why I want to focus our efforts for next week and make Thursday 14 May our biggest event.

Buoyed by the commitment you’ve all shown, I now truly believe we can break the £250,000 mark – something I thought was unattainable just a few weeks ago.

Come back from some more miles this Thursday and please continue to push your fundraising pages – and please encourage new cyclists and rowers to register so they can be a part of the ‘ virtual peloton’ on Zoom. I think everyone agrees that this is the best part of the event, with guest speakers to inspire and entertain us through the hard miles.

John Davidson and all the Atlantic Campaigns rowers – we couldn’t have done this without you and we want you to once again show that the rowing community is just as special.

If you don’t live in the UK, please still join us; we’ve had riders from New Zealand, Italy and France take part! Simply register, join the Zoom, ride/row and then #donateyourmiles.

Many of us feel powerless right now. So let’s show the world the difference we can make and show our appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices our frontline healthcare workers are making.

Thank you!

Mark Beaumont and the team

Keep active, stay positive and make a difference for our NHS staff and volunteers.

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#donateyourmiles on Thursday 14th May

At home, whether on the turbo trainer, the rowing machine, the treadmill or running around the garden!

Mark Beaumont holds the World Record for cycling around the World, covering 240 miles a day – he will be doing this every Thursday during lockdown, starting at 4am! You can join him and #donateyourmiles.

You could do 5 miles & donate £5, 50 miles & donate £50 or anything up to the full (crazy) 240 miles and £240!

Let’s put in a big shift for NHS Charities.

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 who completed last week’s 240 miler.

Please hydrate well and eat regularly throughout the day. Pace yourself and if you feel unwell at any time, please stop. The overall purpose is to fundraise for the NHS Charities through the ‘Who Cares Wins’ Campaign – and for us to put in a shift for our amazing healthcare workers. If you can’t complete the ride for whatever reason, please don’t worry, just give it your best shot.

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.

Together, we can do something amazing
…and have some fun!