TORQ Fuelled athlete Chris Ward set a new World Record cycling non-stop in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness, from the most northerly to the most southerly points of France, a challenge covering some 1500km…
In addition to setting a new World Record and gaining a great sense of personal achievement, the main motivation for Chris’s ride was to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic life-threatening disease which causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. Here’s a de-brief from Chris on completing his epic, if sometimes painful, ride down the length of France, from Bray Dunes to Lamanère, in support of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness:
Chris – It went really well up to Dijon (540km), where we were 30mins ahead of schedule and then I started having a slight problem with my knee. This went rapidly downhill resulting in my riding at 20kmh an hour due to the pain. ended up with 30mins cycling/45mins massage to get me to Lyon. Then 1hr 30 massage and seemed a bit better. By this stage we had lost a huge amount of time, not helped by a head wind! The next aim was to finish before midnight on the Friday. Which we did! The annoying thing is that my legs were feeling awesome and still are, [except for] just both knees, Achilles and a stress fracture in my left foot! I’ve had hundreds of messages of support during the ride, over 15,000 people looking at my Facebook page and the videos being shared over 500 times! I think we can say that we won the publicity battle!
Chris’s ride stats:
Average speed: 30.1km/hr
Total ride time: 42:15hrs
Average watts: 124watts
Average heart rate: 116bpm
Average cadence: 71rpm
Approx Kcals: 30,420
Total pedal revolutions: 182,000
All at TORQ HQ send congratulations and are delighted to continue supporting Chris, whose next challenge is a 675km bike race in June.