From midday Thursday November 16th to just after 12pm the next day, we joined around 600 volunteers at Aldershot Garrison Sports Centre to pedal for Pudsey, aiming to raise funds for Children In Need and attempt to break a world record at the same time.
The Mackenzie Smith cycle squad joined forces with the many volunteers, with some taking part for the full 24 hours. The sports centre was equipped for what was essentially a 24 hour spinning session, with a live DJ and motivational training, a virtual reality cycle, a massage section and plenty of snacks to keep the troops going. The static bikes, known as “wattbikes”, are the same as those used by British Cycling and have a small console attached to the front to measure the amount of electricity generated.
Along with the fundraising efforts, we were also attempting to break the record for “most electrical energy produced in 24 hours by pedalling on static bikes”, currently held at 72,414 watts. To put it into context, it would be enough energy for almost 16 homes for a full year.
The 72,414 watts target, provided by Guinness World Records (GWR) in order to set a new record, was smashed with the unofficial reading registered at more than 100,000 watts. The final count is still pending confirmation from the relevant adjudicators, but we are hopeful that we will soon be able to join with the other volunteers in being World Record Holders!
Most importantly, however, the fundraising efforts completely surpassed all expectations, with the last total sitting at around £7,000. A great success!
A huge thanks to Mike Barnett and the team at Aspire Defence for organising with military precision, a brilliant event for a worthy cause.