Last week Friday and Saturday, I had the amazing privilege of covering as well as participating in the inaugural Burg Wheelers 24 Hour Track Relay Challenge.
And yes I didn't miss spell anything, 24 Hours on the bike, what a crazy Frankenstein idea.
Being able to participate in the event as well as be part of the 'crew' I got to see a bit of what it takes to put such an awesome event together. All the way up to the final few hours of the event, lights were being triple checked, the track was being cleared and ultimately everyones nerves were trying to be kept in check.
As mentioned, I had the pleasure of being part of an awesome team myself when out on the bike. we didn't win anything, but I feel like anyone who took part was some form of a winner in the end.
I had tones of fun, riding at all hours of the day, from the evening sun, to the freezing midnight hours and lastly getting baked in the afternoon sun as we approached the final few hours of the event.
Like any event, I loved watching each participate on how the would tackle the challenge at hand. Some went out guns blazing and paying the price later on, while others played the long game, where slow and steady wins the race, using the world slow VERY LOOSELY!!
But it was great to see so much excitement and enthusiasm on the bike at such a unique event.
Of course any event cannot take part without such generous sponsors! From google bags and prizes sponsored by various sponsors, to nutrition, coffee and sustenance provided by others! Thank you to each and every one of you for playing such a vital role in this amazing event.
It was a bit of an unknown what would happen when the sun went down; would everyone go home? would anyone be riding? was this idea just to crazy? well I can report, during the midnight to day break hours there were a few dedicated ones out there (myself included I must add ;) ), with temperatures approaching 0 degrees at times, it was more of a case of keep moving forward or freeze standing still.
A massive well done to everyone who took part in those crazy hours, we all worked well and everyone appreciated everyones efforts when they came to pull on the front.
In the end, it was all fun and games, but some games do have winners! Massive congratulations to the winning team (pictured Centre) and even more massive well done to those crazy individuals who rode 500km + (pictured left).
I really had a great time on the bike and behind the camera, here's to the next one!