THE 1500: how you did it
After 15 weeks of crazy challenges, tens of thousands of collective miles, kilometres, minutes, metres, furlongs and other metrics, The 1500 came to an end. You jumped on tandems, Boris bikes, Bromptons, unicycles, road, gravel, cargo and mountain bikes to name but a few and we’re on track to raise an incredible £90,000 (including Gift Aid and offline donations).
Thank you so much - you are all stars and we wanted to take a moment to look back at some of the creative, inventive and downright tough ways some of you fulfilled your 1500…
- The 1500 relay - longtime Club Peloton supporter and king of the morning Zoom & Zwift sessions throughout lockdown and beyond John Nordon put his amazing organisational skills to use and corralled 70 Club Peloton cyclists to ride 1,500km in a team relay over a 48 hour period at the start of March, kicking off The 1500 fundraising period. Everyone rode above and beyond their distance, totalling almost 14,700km! The men’s teams have raised more than £10k while the women’s teams have raised more than £3,600.
- Christian’s 1500 laps of Regent’s Park - Christian Spencer-Davies, the orange-clad and orange-haired Ride Captain and leader of Wednesday’s Regent’s Park laps training sessions, decided that was 1,500km wasn’t enough - instead he completed 1,500 laps of Regent’s Park in 15 weeks. In total, that’s 6,600km in 89 days, raising more than £8,880.
- David Johnston not only took part in The 1500 relay - with his team of three completing more than 1,880km in 48 hours - but he also set himself the challenge of riding 1,500km around England, visiting retail centres coming out of lockdown in London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bristol. With plenty of hills and headwinds along the way, the ride was an incredible personal achievement for David.
- The Longest Day - Terry Crawford’s 1500 Challenge was cycling the Longest Day: 325k or 200 miles on the longest day of the year travelling from coast to coast - the kind of distance that once seemed normal when riding down to Cannes on Cycle to MIPIM. You can read about the day’s adventure in Terry’s words here.
- Andy Matthews - as well as taking part in The Longest Day, Andy planned and did a separate ride to Brighton on his cargo bike, cycling 150km and climbing 1,600m of climbing on a bike that is incredibly heavy. He raised more than £3,200 in the process.
- Consibee - a group of employees from award-winning civil and structural engineering design practice Conisbee set themselves the challenge to ride to 1,500 of their projects over a 15 week period. Fifteen of the team got involved with the challenge and a couple of members of staff that previously did not cycle have now started cycling. In that time, they have cycled to to projects outside of London, while members of the team in Norwich also took part and cycled to projects such as Norwich Cathedral and Norwich Castle. Altogether, while visiting the projects, they have covered more than 2,800km and raised £875.
- HTA - HTA’s 1500 challenge involved each of their 12 riders to complete 100km, each week, over 15 weeks. They’ve raised more than £4,600 in the process!
- Representatives from Coram got involved too, with Lindsay Fox, Head of Support Services and Safeguarding at Coram Beanstalk, who completed 72 miles with her little boy Theo on the back of her bike. And Tom from Coram commuted 16 miles a day for 15 weeks (sometimes in the snow) - cycling 1,136 miles in total.
There were so many amazing and personal challenges and we can’t thank you enough for your hard work, incredible cycling and dedication to the charities and projects we support. Find the full list of everyone who took part on our JustGiving page. Thank you!