In September, University of Birmingham staff member Tim Read really got the most out of his membership in his attempt to cycle a whopping 300 miles for charity within the 30 days. Tim, after fighting cancer in 2012, decided he wanted to celebrate his 5 year ‘Cancerversary’ with a different battle – the 300 mile cycle challenge. Brilliantly, by a combination of indoor and outdoor cycling, Tim smashed his target by achieving 305 miles (an average of over 10 miles a day!). One way he tackled getting in all those miles was by attending regular indoor cycling classes at the Sport & Fitness Club, where the instructors got wind of his extreme challenge and cheered him on to the end. You can cycle around 8 miles in an average 45 minute indoor cycle class, and with 39 cycle classes a week, from Beginner’s Cycle to Sprint, Tim was able to clock up the miles regularly.
‘The Sprint classes were great preparation for the challenge and increased my fitness immensely. Emma is a great instructor and really pushes you to your limit which helped me to reach the 300 miles. Having been a regular for several months I was able to cycle much further than I ever had before including a 50 mile round trip to Stratford. If you’re looking for a new motivation or a boost to your current training I can’t recommend the classes at UoB Sport & Fitness enough.’
What a truly fantastic accomplishment – sounds like Tim has earned a well-deserved break and we hope to see him back in the Cycle Studio soon!
Fancy giving indoor cycling a go? Book a class here.
Pictured: Emma (Indoor cycle instructor), Toni-Anne (staff member), Martin (staff member), Tim and Michelle (Tim’s wife)