MOUNTAIN MAYHEM - Post Mortem
“Be The Best - Giving Back”
Mountain Mayhem is a 24 hour endurance race, with over 1200 participants. An 8-mile hilly off-road route. The challenge is for teams to complete as many laps in 24 hours as they can – riding through the night. A test of stamina, teamwork, resilience and skill.
WELL, WE DID IT!
….but none of us were prepared for the brutality of this event. Punishing on the body, the off-road mountain-bike route had everything from fast downhills, to rooty technical sections to ridiculously steep relentless uphill climbs. The SAS teams did us proud….every member stepping up and pulling their weight. We did this for charity and our current achievement is a stunning £5,116 for Alzheimers Society (help us hit £6k)
Adrian Turner describes the event…
Thanks to Myles for setting up Base Camp and Shane for supplying the BBQ!
To see more photos of the event, click here
To view the route and see elevations, check out this recording
A word of reflection from our riders….
I’ve decided to become a nun
Only 7 Miles per lap, only 33oC with steep long climbs and nice fast technical downhills. An unforgettable weekend.
Soul Destroying, yet brilliant
Early nerves turned to panic once the first riders started to bring back stories about their immensely tough first lap, instilling yet more fear into those who hadn’t ridden. I was last to ride. THREE hours I had to wait, listening to more stories of pure grit in the relentless heat. Finally I rode my first lap and it was like nothing I’ve ridden before. The hills, technical bits, and heat made the first lap (one hour of riding) brutally tough, made worse by the professional riders out there competing to win top medals. Our teams, in comparison, were just happy to complete a lap unscathed.
Doing two laps in the night (no, it didn’t cool down much’ was the hardest thing I’ve ever done on a bike. I am inspired and immensely proud of all our riders. We did this for charity… and boy, did every rider earn every single penny of your kind donations….thankyou.
Thank you to EVERYONE who has sponsored the team or a rider – we hugely appreciate your support