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On 6 September 2014, Team Mud, Sweat & Gears will take on a gruelling and unforgiving 24 hour bike race around Thruxton race track raising money for Action Medical Research, a charity who focus on research for illness and disease affecting people across the world (http://www.action.org.uk/about_us). Now in its fifth successful year, RIDE 24 at Thruxton Motor Circuit is the ultimate thigh-busting, stamina draining, 24-hour, non-stop relay racing spectacular.
While helping to fund vital medical research for sick babies and children. The key to sucessfully completing the race is all about strategy and team work, the team completing the most laps in 24 hours wins the coveted RIDE24 team winners title, as well as earning the opportunity to represent Action at Europe's biggest 24-hour track race, the Bugatti Le Mans 24-hour Velo Race in August 2015.
Arguably the second most challenging bike race on the planet, only being pipped by the Tour de Hounslow. Who would possibly be stupid enough to take on such a challenge? Meet the team!!
Name: Daniel "Slow Pants" Yallop
Weight: 81kg Target Race Weight: 77kg
Rider Profile: Slow Pants began his cycling career in early 2013 with the Sudbery Sprinters under 7's cycling club. Although 20 years their senior, fellow squad members could not doubt Slow Pants' enthusiasm for the sport.
Name: Joe "Il Diavlo" Divall
Weight: Undisclosed Target Race Weight: 76kg
Rider Profile: Il Diavlo, Spanish for the devil. Earned his name by beating Lucifer himself in a bike race through the hills of hell. Ok so that never really happened, and no one really knows why Il Diavlo has his name, scholars maintain that the real story was lost in translation many moons ago.
Name: Tom "The Tank Engine" Martin
Weight: 83kg Target Race Weight: 79kg
Rider Profile: The Tank, by some distance, owns the biggest pair of lycra shorts in the team. Although his team mates suspect this is due to excessive padding within the shorts, in all honesty, the Tank has thighs like tree trunks and claims to have assembled his own road bike using his thighs to sculpt the aero dynamic frame whilst moulding carbon fibre and a light weight titanium alloy together with his Thigh Master 3000.
Name: Andy "The Pocket Rocket" Johnson
Weight: 73kg Target Race Weight: 73kg
Rider Profile: Andy Johnson, a self confessed sore loser, leaves no stone un-turned in the pursuit of performance to ensure he has every chance of beating "Slow Pants" Yallop. With countless hours spent on the bike, a rigorous nutritional plan, heavy investment in top of the range equipment (all the gear, no idea? - ed), rumours of private motivational speeches from Gary Neville, David Luiz (advice ignored) and Sir Dave Brailsford - as well as two "Big Bang" firework rockets attached to his bike - The Pocket Rocket fully expects to be disqualified for a blatant jump start...
So there you have it, what's the worst that could happen?? The name Mugs, Sweat & Tears almost seems more appropriate for this bunch. However ridiculous our stories may seem we won't be able to succeed without your generous support.
In order to compete, we must raise over £1,300 for Action Medical Research for Children. We have started offline fundraising in schools and work places and now we are looking for your genorosity to help us out further!
Please show your support by donoting now and follow our progress on this page. We will frequently update you with photos and information on our progress in the lead up to the race!
Mud, Sweat & Gears