In September, I wrote about the 3R Ultra Endurance Academy. Since then, I have joined several of their Saturday endurance rides to see how people have been getting on. The events have always been well attended and organised.
Schedule & Plan
It’s incredible to think what has happened in the proceeding 4 months. So many kilometers ridden! But the day of reckoning has arrived. On Saturday 15th January, members from the Academy are going to attempt the first of their two challenges, which is to cycle for 12 hours.
The plan on Saturday is to ride between 2.2-2.5 w/kg and undertake the normal Saturday Endurance ride, on Tempus Fugit, but continue once the scheduled 120km event has been completed. The hope is that just like the Pace Partners, a large blob will have formed and people will naturally join in and support the challenge. However, if you fancy joining Rob, who has coordinated this event, then follow him in the Companion app by searching for “Rob Keunen,” then select to ride with him when you log on to Zwift.
It’s important to understand the volume of training that Rob and other members of the Academy have put into this challenge. An estimated 180 hours have been recorded by each rider in the space of 4 months!
The offshoot of this is that the event has brought so many like-minded riders together that 3R and Rob will continue to run the Saturday Endurance ride after the event is completed.
I spoke to Rob about the event, after he had just completed a 300km training ride in under 8 hours. He explained that he has been really pleased with how the Academy has gone and 10 people have committed to undertaking the challenge, which is substantial. Rob was keen to emphasize that the 12-Hour Challenge is a “stepping stone” to their bigger target of undertaking the 24-Hour Challenge, which is scheduled on 26th February.
Team 3R are undertaking this to raise funds for the charity World Bicycle Relief. This event has so far raised £3200, which is excellent. For those unaware, World Bicycle Relief is an international non-profit specializing in large-scale, comprehensive bicycle distribution programs to aid poverty relief in developing countries around the world.
To donate, simply visit give.worldbicyclerelief.org/team/390235.
Join the Challenge!
For those that are interested in riding at least 120km with the Academy, the link to the event is zwift.com/events/view/2628918