Prominent Pietermaritzburg track and road cyclist Darren Goddard has issued a challenge to riders around the country to try and beat him to becoming the first rider to finish the upcoming 100 Miles of Nowhere stationary bike challenge at Cadence Cycling Performance Centre’s around the country on Friday 24 June.
The Cows are at the forefront of the initiative that will be taking place at eight different Cadence Centres in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape and all proceeds will go towards CHOC (Childhood Haematology and Oncology Clinics) in particular as well as various other childhood cancer related charities.
Riders will be able to monitor the progress of other riders on screens set up at the Cadence Centres throughout the country and Goddard is challenging all other solo riders nationwide to race him in being the first rider to cross the 100 mile (160 kilometer) barrier.
“I watched the guys riding last year and just loved the craziness of the challenge, it's absolutely insane and beyond what any average person would try and accomplish,” the instructor at the Pietermaritzburg Cadence Centre mentioned.
“When chatting to one of our PMB Cadence riders, Mark Gutridge, I jokingly said if he sponsored the entry, I would ride it solo.
“Suddenly a few hours later I was entered, so I thought - why not!”
Goddard is involved in the shaping the lives of young children on a daily bases which has meant that the work of CHOC and The Cows is close to his heart.
“I have followed the work of CHOC and the crazy exploits of the Cows over the last few years and as someone who works in the mental health field with children and families, I have a lot of respect for what they do.
“I think it is awesome to do something crazy and fun to help raise some extra funds for them!” he explained.
With all of the venues filling up rapidly taking on the solo challenge will be an impressive feat in itself with over 160 kilometres of riding and getting other hard core riders involved is Goddard’s aim after he threw out the challenge.
“I have just always been overly competitive, even if it is just against myself - I love the challenge of going faster and further and new adventures.
“I have also heard that there is a team of pro riders joining up in Cape Town, so I want to see how my numbers match up to theirs and see if I can keep up,” a keen and enthusiastic Goddard commented.
Supporting such a worthwhile cause is at the heart of 100 Miles of Nowhere’s five year campaign to date and Goddard believes that the event offers something different for riders from both a challenge and social perspective so he encourages all riders to take up the challenge.
“Step out of your comfort zone and do something crazy for an awesome cause,” he encouraged.
“Take on the challenge solo it if you want a unique challenge, or grab your mates and form a team to see if you can keep up with me!”
The Cows’ 100 Miles of Nowhere takes place on Friday, 24 June in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape. Entries can be submitted and more information found at www.100milesofnowhere.co.za.