Friday, 30 August 2013

"Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be changed from one form to another" - Albert Einstein

Having studied Sports Nutrition at University and completing a dissertation on energy drinks, I know all too well the importance of staying hydrated and fuelled in order to keep the legs turning on the bike.

This is why from the start, I've been concerned about how we are going to keep the CCC2CC team of riders topped up and as fresh as possible.
I'm not too sure how many calories we will be burning each day, but we will need to consume lots and lots of carbs and fluid to keep going. As soon as you hit the wall, its difficult to get back on the bike and up to the required average speed of approximately 6kph.
We may all have trail packs, but it was always going to be a challenging trade off to keep these as light as possible while carrying enough fluid and fuel - not to mention the spares and first aid equipment we will have to carry.

We are very grateful to have our support team, who will be tracking our progress and meeting us every 10-15 miles so that we can top up on supplies (and will also be on hand if there are any injuries!!). Without them, there is no way that this would be possible.
However, we then came across another dilemma... stocking the support team!

Thats where Mitchells and Butlers Brewery and UES Energy stepped in.

Firstly, Mitchells and Butlers Brewery, who run many of the UK’s most famous restaurant and pub brands, donated 720 500ml bottles of water.

Then, UES Energy, a specialist independent energy consultancy based in South Wales , donated 240 High 5 Zero tabs and 150 High 5 Iso Gel 60ml sachets.

Not only are we grateful that these companies have stepped up to support the CCC2CC, we are also relieved as it is one less thing for us to worry about.... we can concentrate on watching the ground roll by.

I genuinely can't wait for the 23rd September now as everything seems to be falling into place nicely. We've all been training hard and getting the miles in, our accommodation is booked, the transport to North Wales has been arranged and our bikes are being lovingly prepped and tweaked and fettled (we are mountain bikers after all!).

All we really need is your support and donations as these will really motivate us to get moving when the going is tough and get up early in the morning when our bodies are tired...

If you can spare a bit of change, please go to

- Ben

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