Ride the Rapha Festive 500km

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I was emailed about the Rapha Festive 500 today:

Challenge yourself to ride the Rapha Festive 500 this holiday season. Complete 500km in the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and document your story to win incredible prizes, including a Moots bicycle built to your specifications.

I love the concept of this, although my chance of success would be tiny!

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Richard Branson ‘thought he was going to die’ in bike accident

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Virgin Group founder Richard Branson was recently injured in a serious bike accident while cycling on Virgin Gorda, an island in the British Virgin Islands.

Branson shared images of his injuries after the accident and described what had happened in a blog post Friday:

“I was heading down a hill towards Leverick Bay when it suddenly got really dark and I managed to hit a ‘sleeping policeman’ hump in the road head on. The next thing I knew, I was being hurled over the handlebars and my life was literally flashing before my eyes.”

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Branson said his helmet helped mitigate most of the damage. His bike fell off the cliff. He cracked his cheek and cut his chin, knee and shoulder, among other things, but hasn’t sustained any serious injuries apart from some torn ligaments, he wrote.

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Branson was preparing for the Virgin Strive Challenge, in which he, alongside his children Holly and Sam and several others, will travel more than 1240 miles from the summit of the Matterhorn to the summit of Mt. Etna in Sicily. The challenge, whose goal is to raise 1.5 million pounds ($1.98 million) to help a charity organization called Big Change that funds innovative projects from young people in the UK, and entails hiking, running, swimming and cycling.

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Despite his most recent accident, he still plans to participate in the challenge next month.

 

2015 Mileage

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This year for the first time ever I’ve kept a record of how many miles I’ve cycled.

In one sense I’m very pleased with 350 miles but keen to increase that in 2016 with the new exercise plan I’m currently using.

2016 brings new opportunity as always and the plan is to maintain lower weight and continue to use cycling as a way of staying healthy, both physically and mentally.

I hope it’s been a great year for you and wish you safe miles in 2016.  Thanks for continuing to visit the blog and I hope to see you on the road sometime.

2015
Mileage- 350.64 miles / 564.3km
Ride Time – 22hrs 27mins
Ascent – 3,787ft
Avg. Speed – 15.6mph / 25.11km/h
Avg. HR – 175bpm