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RAF Cyclists Don't Tire Easily in Demanding Endurance Challenge

Published: 23 Nov 2016

Last month, nine keen cyclists, known as Team Viribus Audax, put their foot to the pedal as they cycled 1,140 miles, and a total of 60,870ft, in just 24 hours.

After months of training, the eager team from RAF Cosford took to the saddle, complete with specialist gear funded by the Trust, and pushed themselves to the limit to take on the gruelling TT race circuit in the Isle of Man. 

The team battled against the elements and mountainous terrain to complete the endurance course within 24 hours. Sgt Rick Cannon said: "Due to the extreme weather conditions the course had to be changed but our spirits remained high and un-faltered. The alternative route still amounted to the same mileage and ascent height, but it meant that we could avoid the mountain top until it was safe enough to ride.

"Despite all of the hurdles faced we worked as a team to complete this endurance challenge.

"With all of the pain, leg cramps and mechanical issues soon forgotten we all left with amazing experiences which were only made possible by the funding we received, notably from the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the Sports lottery. Without their support we would not have had this incredible opportunity to train, work and achieve our goals as a team."

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