Distance For Difference cycled in gruelling conditions for 24 hours while 40 spinners attempted to spin for 24 hours straight, they managed to raise R 650K.
On 14 and 15 October 2017, Distance For Difference (D4D) and Patch Helderberg Child Abuse Centre, presented the third bi-annual THE500, at NH The Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West. It turned out to be a memorable event.
This was indeed the toughest THE500 to date. Twenty-three cyclists attempted to complete 500 km in 24 hours, having to climb more than 6,400 meters during the route that included visits to Stellenbosch and Kuilsriver during the day, and a number of off-road laps through Lourensford Wine Estate, during the night. The very strong winds which prevailed throughout the entire event made it especially challenging. To add to the drama, rain also started to fall during the second last 50 km lap. After careful consideration, the last lap was cancelled due to safety concerns. Only 12 of the 23 cyclists who started, managed to complete all 450 km.
During the same 24 hours, in the cosiness of the hotel, 40 spinning bikes, their occupants, great music, wonderful support and spinning instructors at their best, provided for more drama and excitement. There was an awesome vibe, which managed to inspire the outside cyclists every time they came back to base for a quick rest and a bite to eat. Seven spinners defied the odds by completing a full 24 hours of spinning! Inspiring!
Through this event, D4D managed to raise their biggest ever amount through a single event – at the time of print, more than R650,000! Watch this space, THE500 is quickly developing into a sought-after event on any spinner and cyclist’s bucket list. Don’t miss out on 2019!