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TEAM RENAULT TRUCKS GET ON THEIR BIKES TO KICKSTART TRANSAID ‘CYCLE SOUTH AFRICA’ ADVENTURE WITH TURBO TRAINER CHALLENGE
TEAM RENAULT TRUCKS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED THEIR CAMPAIGN TO 'CYCLE SOUTH AFRICA'
Team Renault Trucks – Nigel Butler (Commercial Director), Pete Murray (Network Truck and LCV Director) and Tony Owen (Transport Solutions Manager) – officially launched their campaign to ‘Cycle South Africa’, a challenging 300 mile cycle ride in March 2017 to support industry charity, Transaid.
The launch event, a turbo trainer challenge at Renault Trucks’ UK headquarters in Warwick, was timed to coincide with the company’s Cycle to Work day, supported by Evans Cycles.
Cheered on by crowds of employees, Nigel, Pete and Tony - all wearing official Team Renault Trucks cycling gear - set themselves a collective target of 100 miles in 90 minutes.
To vary the intensity, Tony added in several interval training bursts to represent the mix of terrains they will face in South Africa. Averaging 24 miles an hour on the turbo (a device that enables the bike to be cycled while stationary), Team Renault Trucks successfully went the distance.
Nigel Butler says: “For Pete, Tony and I, our training programme for Cycle South Africa began several months ago. The countdown has begun, and with four months to go, we wanted to launch our official campaign with the support of our colleagues. There’s been a real buzz around today’s event: we’ve helped spread the word about Transaid, a very worthwhile cause and why we’re undertaking such a big personal commitment - and hopefully inspired a few more of the Renault Trucks team to get on their bikes !”
Both Tony and Nigel are experienced club cyclists, but Pete Murray is a relative newcomer to the sport, so his efforts in training are all the more impressive. Tony, who set the pace for the riders on the turbos, says: “Our initial target for today’s challenge was 75 miles between us, but following a practice session we realised that the whole team was going faster than expected, so we increased it to 100 miles. Pacing is vital, I knew we were up to the job.”
Although much of the team’s training is on their own road bikes to build fitness and stamina, they will be riding Transaid’s ‘standard issue’ mountain bikes in South Africa, which are more suited to the challenging on and off-road terrain. Travelling from Western Cape to Cape Agulhas, the Southernmost point of South Africa, the team will face steep inclines and rapid descents in often blistering temperatures as they cycle on a route that takes them through a wide range of landscape including game reserves.
Working closely with the UK’s Transport & Logistics industry, Transaid aims to reduce poverty and improve lives across Africa through creating better transport. Funds raised from the Cycle South Africa 2017 challenge will contribute towards the life-saving programmes that Transaid implements.