Riders saddle up for life education

AS the month of Sportember comes to an end, Xplode Personal Training business owner Craig Nipperess held a 24-hour Cycle Relay Challenge to raise funds for the Clarence Valley Life Education.

The aim was to keep the wheels of a stationary spin bike rotating for a full day.

The event was held at the McAuley Catholic College Exercise Science Lab on Friday, September 23. and concluding the following day.

Staff, students and clients of Xplode Personal Training took it in turns on the bike with a total of 54 participants.

Craig set a target of 20kms/person with a bike total of 500km to get them to Newcastle.

This target was not only achieved, but smashed with two bikes full reaching 800kms and a third used intermittently clocking up 400kms to make a grand total of 2000kms in the day's ride.

The participants kept a close eye on their speed and distance thanks to Trevor from Grafton City Cycles who loaned some odometers. Riders were also well hydrated with water supplied by Ashly at The Coffee Club.

Some outstanding individual efforts were achieved with a longest distance of 47km by Lochlan O'Reilly and a top speed of 70km/hr by Stuart Tait.

A special mention must go out to Nicola Nipperess who over two and a half hours travelled 97kms, annoyed not to get to the century.

The youngest rider Katie Warby managed 23km on her own and she is only 10-years-old. The event was a huge success raising about $1000 for Life Education and will now be an annual event.

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