overnighter overnighter

by Tony Farrelly   September 20, 2008  

Jole Rider 12hr - Dawn breaks over Wiltshire

Well we're off to 'compete' in the jole rider 12hr night baton relay. 8pm to 8am round Hullavington airfield. Well, at least there aren't any hills... Smile While we're there wel'll be testing some lights: a couple of basic commuter LED units, a couple of high-end rechargeables, two cheap 'n' cheerful torches and a heath-robinson creation of my own devising. look out for the results on Monday. or Tuesday, if we fall asleep at the keyboard. The ride is in aid of Jole Rider, a charity which sends bikes out to Africa for schoolchildren, some of whom have to walk more than ten miles a day. They also provide workshop tools and training so the bikes can be fixed when they break. If you're feeling charitable, why not nick over to and bung them a few quid?

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If a bit knackering. Riding around an airfield all night turns out to be more of a challenge, and more fun, than it sounds. Respect to the solo rider who managed 185 laps in 12 hours - most of it in the dark (it worked out at 166.5 miles). Having now done a road enduro I reckon there would be real mileage in this sort of event – mind you, step 1: first find an airfield (or similar) might prove to be a bit of a stumbling block.
How did the team do? 218 laps and second place, pipped to top spot (and a free holiday at Center Parcs Longleat) by one lap. Oh well. Mind you, there was only four of us and five of them.
Thanks to Novice Olly, and Ant from the forum (the latter really put in some ripping laps, but my he is a sound sleeper – hope you had a safe drive home fella) for making up the team. Look out for some more pics and reports tomorrow.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4201 posts]
21st September 2008 - 21:06


thanks for the invite to the team chaps, it was good to meet you all, and it was an entertaining event, if not bloody freezing in the wee small hours! And despite my initial scepticism, I can confirm that volvo seats are comfortable enough to sleep in. Roll on next years one...

posted by the-yorkshire-p... [180 posts]
23rd September 2008 - 9:23