June 16th, 2012 by Ian Brown
The fifty three participants pledged to ride their bicycles for one hour each day for thirty days beginning on 5 May 2012 and ending on the annual Rocque to Rock bicycle ride on 3 June 2012. The riders all wore their distinctive green 30in30 jerseys for their rides.
The riders also arranged a wide variety of other cycling events including 30in30 cycling days at Beechwood School, a cycling fun day at Elizabeth College, various dress down days and cake sales as well as the riding on static bikes at many businesses around the island.
There were cupcakes for sale and static bikes at the Liberation celebrations.
Many of the riders chose to ride 30 miles each day as an added challenge and regular 30in30 rider Andrea Nightingale rode 40 miles each day reaching 2012 kilometres on day 29 of the 30.
Ian Brown of Ian Brown Cycle Shop and organiser of the 30in30 Challenge said “Les Bourgs Hospice fundraising activities have long been associated with cyclists and the Rocque to Rock bike ride.”
“This event provides a great prequel to the Rocque to Rock but also provides the individuals who cycle regularly a new challenge.”
“We are amazed at the resourcefulness of the 30in30 challengers. The five 30in30 challenges that have been held so far have raised nearly £270,000,” he said.
The cyclists all chose to ride when or wherever they liked as long as they did so every day for at least one hour over 30 days.
The combined mileage of all the participants amounted to 26,178 miles, which is greater than the distance around the equator (24,901 miles).