Our October rider interview comes from David Palmer-Lewis, Principality Building Society. David led the team from Principality, consisting of James Roe, Kyron Sullivan, Mitchell Aherne, Gareth Vaughan and Owen Fackrell, in this years Cyclone24 Wales challenge.
Fresh from completing the 24 hours on track, we asked David to reflect on the challenge.
How did you first find out about Cyclone24?
I’d expressed interest for the 2017 event but unfortunately couldn’t find enough riders. I then received the invitation for this years from the Cyclone24 team, luckily there was more interest this year and we were able to enter a team.
Why did the challenge appeal to you?
The challenged appealed to me because it sounded really fun but also really hard – the perfect combination for an endurance event.
How did you prepare for the challenge?
I spent most of my preparation on the watt bike. I cycled on the road as well, but the Watt Bike allowed me to replicate the hard 15-20 minute intervals without worrying about traffic etc.
What are your stand out memories from taking part?
The camaraderie amongst the team, we had a mixed bag of riders in terms of ability but there was an almost instant mutual respect amongst the team as we all knew how hard everyone was working. I think the event is a fantastic team building exercise.
What was it like coming into the final few hours? What were your emotions?
During the early hours we split into 2 teams to allow everyone to get a 3 hour rest period. When I awoke following my rest it was 6am and I knew I had just 3 intervals remaining, the realisation of what we had achieved as a team started to set in. At this point my emotions had gone full circle and we all felt a renewed focus to finish the challenge on a high.
What advice would you offer to somebody thinking of taking on the Cyclone24 challenge?
I’ve taken on a range of challenges including marathons, half ironman, various other multi-sport events. This was the most enjoyable, I highly recommend anyone who has a love for endurance sport to give it a try. In terms of advice, make sure you train. You don’t have to be that fast but if you can keep pace with a group of riders with similar abilities and take turns at the front it makes things so much easier.
What three words best sum up the Cyclone24 experience for you?
Challenging, Rewarding, Inspiring.
David and his team from Principality building Society, not only completed 3124 laps, they also raised £655 (and still counting) for their chosen charities. We’ve also got a feeling they may have caught the Cyclone24 bug and that we’ll be seeing them again in 2019!
How many laps could you achieve with next to no sleep? Want to find out? Our next 24 hour challenge takes place over the 9th & 10th of February 2019, at Derby Arena. And if 24 hours seems to much, why not start off with our 12 hour challenge at Carmarthen Velodrome on Saturday 29th June.