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I completed the Calvia six points challenge last month – in what is to become an annual competition. A road bike rally that covers the length and breadth of the island in 2.5 days.
Sponsorship is still happily received . If you feel inclined to give something for the children who deserve more…RANA for sexually abused children on the island and the Allen Graham’s charity for kids, which helps with fostering.
Mark your diary for May 2018 -this could be a goal for you in your pursuit of fitness for next year, it’s a fabulous way to cover the island .
The event, organised by Bryan Vissor, was incredible and probably the best event I have ever done – and I have done many. Well done and a huge thank you to Bryan.
The ride was superbly organised by Bryan and his family and despite 21 of us setting off , 6 of us rode in to finish. The ride covered the furthest points on the island from the very Easterly to St Elm in the South West, across the Tramuntanas over the highest point of the island ( Puig major ) to Port Pollensa ( around 147km ) – hotel stop. Day 2 : out to Formentor , the most Northerly point , back to the most Easterly – Cala Rajada
Another overnight stop in Sa Coma ( around 80km ) The final leg via Ses Salines the most Southerly point before heading back to Paguera – the lowest point of the island where we dipped our bike wheels in the sea.
The ride covered over 400 kms and we climbed more than 7000 meters – as Bryan mentioned – almost the same height as Mount Everest.
CALVIA SIX POINTS CHALLENGE WINNER
This article would not be complete without mentioning the local hero. AKA the bionic man. Orlando Jimenez Bonilla who managed to ride the entire course through the night – in 16 hours and 56 minutes. Finishing at around 2.30 am the following morning
I have no idea what this man had for breakfast but I suspect it was rocket fuel !! Congratulations Orlando, an unbelievable performance.
THERE IS STILL TIME TO DONATE …. If you can spare a few euros; every little helps …. please could you reach your hand in your pocket and give to these very deserving children who should start off life with so much more .
Lions Club of Calvia – donations account
La Caixa, Santa Ponsa.( Please reference Katie Handyside )
Quote “Six-Points Cycling Challenge”
Account No: 2100 3793 6922 0010 1747
IBAN: ES95 2100 3793 6922 0010 1747
BRYAN VISSOR : THE INTERVIEW
- what made you organise the six points ?
BRYAN : I have always wanted to ride around the island and then I though “why don’t I do it for charity”. This then led to “why not open it up to other riders?”. Hence the Six-Points.
- What is your cycling back ground – how did you get into cycling – what did you beforehand?
BRYAN: I had to have a hip replacement and I wanted to get fit again and Lynn ( my wife) bought me a cheap MTB for my birthday 5 years ago. I loved it and moved up to an aluminium Scott roadbike and then to my Synapse 4 years ago. Always big into sailing and I helped Jus ( my son ) (I believe!!) become the 2005 World Sailing Champ.
- How would you encourage people to sign up for next year ?
BRYAN: It was the most fun event that I have ever ridden and I want to make sure that it carries the fun element into the future.
- What would you say to people who are concerned about the distances and riding ?
BRYAN Get fit and train for it! If I can do it, anyone can.
- Anything else you would like to add ?
BRYAN :Places will be limited to a max of 50 in 2018!! Book your places now!
What the riders said :
“ I completed my first big ride on the last leg …and really enjoyed it. Next year i will be doing the whole thing. It was a credit to Bryan for organising such a great charity event “ Karl
“…the challenge was a great event to meet new cyclists and at the same time cycling for a great cause. A very enjoyable event and will definitely be looking forward to the next one…” Richard
“ This was my first trip to Mallorca and what a way to see the island. The route was brilliantly planed to capture the beauty of the place. The team spirit was incredible and at the end of the three days ,strangers felt like old friends. Bring on next year “ Jo
“ I’ve completed many long distance Events, but none compare to this, amazing scenery, interesting route, camaraderie and above all the amount of fun the whole group had over the three days meant it was easily the best weekend I have ever had on the bike “ Justin
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