The three month countdown has now passed and Richard is well into his training regime for his cycle-a-thon task that lies ahead.
12 days of climbing in a nutshell
Starting on Thursday 18 August, Richard will be hitting the saddle at approximately 8am in Gloucestershire where he will be tackling ‘Dovers Hill’ on the edge of the Cotswolds.
After 12 full days of cycling, Richard plans to finish on Monday 29 August (at around 5.30pm) at ‘Box Hill’ at the summit of the North Downs in Surrey.
What Richard has to face is far easier to type than actually do…
The ups and downs!
Richard and his team of volunteers will have to travel day and night to each climb, with many days involving over 13 hours of cycling and travelling.
Reflecting on the hardest part of the challenge, Richard says: “It will undoubtedly be the stop-start nature of the climbing. I will be warming up the cold muscles at the bottom of each climb on average nine times a day – I’m not quite sure how my legs will cope but I know I’ll be very grateful of the rest in between climbs!”
Even though it will be (very!) tough to complete Simon Warren’s 100 climbs in a fortnight, there is so much Sanctuary Care’s cycling hero is looking forward to.
Richard added: “I’m most looking forward to 12 days exploration of 100 of the most iconic, toughest, often remote hill climbs in Britain. Most people would not get round all of them in their lifetime and here I am planning to cycle and explore them in just 12 days – I’ve only done about a dozen before so it will be a whole new journey for me, something I’m excited and apprehensive about.”
Training regime and new diet
Being a keen cycler for the past four years Richard is very familiar with training for charitable or competitive races and climbs, but nothing quite to this scale.
Upping the ante, he has three good months of training under his belt with plenty of miles and hills to come.
May’s training highlights included Richard completing the 105 mile Tour of Pembrokeshire and the infamous Fred Whitton Challenge course, which involved cycling over 112 miles in the Lake District. Not stopping there, Richard is also planning to ride the three day Tour of Wessex this bank holiday weekend.
Moving into June and July, Richard will concentrate less on distance and more on solo hill sessions, riding up and down his favourite hills around Broadway, Malvern and Stroud. He will do five or six climbs in one hill, as well as six mini-hills – and then repeat, repeat, repeat!
It’s not all about exercise, diet is extremely important to. Richard, understandably, has had to adjust his diet for all this cycling and calorie burning so he maintains his weight and energy – he eats far more sugar now, as well as vegetables, carbohydrates, fruit and protein, and on rest days he consumes less.
Richard’s tip of the day
Preparation is the key to success and something Richard strongly believes in. He concludes: “Starting any challenge should be carefully thought out but tackled with confidence. I was once asked where my breakeven point is and I didn’t have a response and that’s just it, the best way to achieve success is to get started and work your way through it – and that’s what I’m currently doing and touch wood it’s working.”