Wood for Trees hits Brands Hatch to revolve for Dorothy House!
The weekend of September 10/11th saw eight intrepid individuals and their indispensible support team take to the hallowed Tarmac of Brands Hatch as they took up the Revolve24 challenge. In simple terms, that challenge is to cycle as far as you can in 24 hours. Put more realistically, it means doing a Le Mans style start in heavy rain, cycling through the night, keeping going when your gears stick on the far side of the circuit in pitch darkness, and still putting the hammer down when the circuit is so slick with water that even on a bike it’s dangerous to take one particular corner flat out…
Raising money for Dorothy House, a Wiltshire-based hospice local to us in Bradford on Avon, Team WfTERS comprised Emma Corbett, J Cromack, Jon Kelly, Lucy Jenner, Andy Sargent, Matt Tamea, Phil White, all from Wood for Trees, and Lucy Plumridge from Mencap. Each took a turn to put in three or four laps of the full 2.5 mile GP circuit at maximum burn before handing over to the next rider. With a team of eight, that meant that every WfTER had about three hours to rest up before their next stint. Not long enough, was the overwhelming feedback.
100 teams participated, including one featuring some guy called Jason Kenny who is, apparently, a bit good. It was a new experience for most of the WfTers though, so expectations were really just to finish and try not to come last. But through the evening, and into the long watches of the (fortunately drying out) night, Team WfT revolved like whirling dervishes, barely letting up for a second.
As the sun rose over a mist-wreathed track on Sunday morning, the team was pleased to have all riders running and plenty of laps under their belts. They gradually worked their way up the leaderboard until by midday they were knocking on the door of the top 30. The support team cooked (Matt’s chilli was cited by all as a life-saver), cajoled and generally cossetted, and the big wheels kept on turning.
At 3pm on Sunday, Team WfTERS crossed the line in a brilliant 26th position, having covered 418-and-a-bit miles in 24 hours. That’s the equivalent of having hopped on a bike and cycled all the way to Basle in Switzerland (in a straight line) since this time yesterday – while ascending a cumulative elevation considerably higher than Mount Everest and coming back down again!
If you’d like to support Dorothy House please visit our Just Giving page. And to find out more about Revolve24, see their site here – including our results! Keep scrolling for a short video of Sarge bursting through the sound barrier and some more pics.