GM Fundraising’s Hope 66 team came back from Majorca having completed a few hundred miles of team training and analysis, albeit in wet Mediterranean weather!
With little over 3 months before the team embark on their 2,616 mile trip down the remnants of Route 66, the Majorcan training camp was important for the group to get some extra miles in and polish their ability to ride as a team. Once in the USA, the riders will be tasked to ride 187 miles each day, which will be split between three teams. It’s going to be a hugely challenging task, given that they’ll also have to face the Arizona desert, windy plains of New Mexico and the peaks of the Southern Rockies.
All of the riders of the Hope 66 team attended the Majorcan training camp, along with several members of the support crew and Mike Derham from headline sponsor, Mighton Products. Each day they were faced with different cycling challenges which included the mountains on the West of the island, the flat plains of the middle and in some cases very slippy roads. Unfortunately the weather was far from kind, raining each day and making life difficult on the road.
Gary Morton, chairman of GM Fundraising and one of the riders commented: ’It was important for us to bond as a team, get the miles in and to understand how best to ride in a group. Everyone now knows what’s to be expected from them and that includes a big push to help us raise over £100,000 from this challenge.’
To do your bit, log on to www.justgiving.com/teams/hope66 and you can either sponsor the team or any one individual. For further information log on to www.gmfundraising.co.uk or add to their Twitter following @gmfundraising.