A Crosby dad has completed a gruelling 24-hour cycle on his online training bike to raise more than £5,500 for Alzheimer’s Society.
Phil Robinson, who is managing director of Vici Resourcing Ltd, kept pedalling for an entire day without stopping, climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest in the process!
The challenge saw him complete a 24-hour virtual bike ride on the ‘Zwift’ online training programme where he climbed the equivalent of the mountain on his bike.
He scaled 8,846 metres in what’s known as an ‘Everesting’. The rest of the time was spent on flatter virtual terrain, and covered a distance of over 400km in total.
Last week’s endurance challenge was just a warm-up for a cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats he is due to complete in September.
Phil had originally hoped to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats last year, which would have finished on the 5th anniversary of his mum Barbara Robinson’s passing, but the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Phil’s fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society is in memory of his beloved mum, who passed away in September 2015. Phil was devastated by his mum’s death, but taking up cycling gave him a new focus.
Phil said: “It was such an epic and emotional experience completing a 24-hour cycle. It was obviously very hard work, and I must admit I am still aching now! But it was all worth it to raise such an amazing amount of money for a cause that is close to my heart, in memory of Mum.
“I had cycling friends from Zwift, and people from my online cycling team ‘Cryo-Gen’ and my cycling club in Sefton Velo join me at different points in the 24-hours. It was a mixture of people from across the UK, Europe and America.
“I also had friends get on their bikes and join me after they had finished work. A couple of friends from my cycling group in Sefton even jumped on for the last couple of hours at 6am. The support of everyone I know really kept me going.
“It culminated in having a group of 12 people from all the clubs riding with me into the finish line, which was just an incredible way to end the 24 hours.
“I felt extremely tired afterwards and very emotional as I was so humbled by how generous and supportive people have been. I was particularly touched by my dad setting his alarm in the early hours of the morning to see how I was doing.
“I feel very proud to have completed this. I am one of ten people who have completed this either virtually or physically globally.”