Wahoo has been proud to support Chris Hall in his goal to raise awareness for Pace, a school for students with motor disorders by riding 107 kilometers each day for 107 days. This just so happens to be the number of students attending Pace. Not every goal is about a race or a performance aspiration, some goals are about the greater good and inspiring others to challenge their own limitations. Chris has done this and we are thrilled to have been able to support him. Chapeau Chris!
Chris, 27, has cycled at least 107km each day since December 16th – battling snow, suspected food poisoning, and brutal storms – and triumphantly crossed the finish line on his final ride at the Tour of Flanders sportive on April 1. A retail designer from East London and cycling’s answer to Forrest Gump, Chris covered 12,674.6km in just over three months to raise awareness for Pace Centre.
Chris is no stranger to tough cycling challenges. Last summer he became the first person to cycle for 24 hours around London’s Richmond Park. This time he has gone even bigger – slogging it out for at least five hours on the bike every day alongside his full-time job.
The rules of the 107 for 107 challenge are simple. At least 107 kilometers must be ridden each day from December 16th, 2016 until April 1st, 2017 – and rolling over distance to the next day is not allowed. There are no rest days. All distance must be covered on the road or a Wahoo KICKR SNAP smart trainer due to their accuracy and ability to replicate road gradient. Rollers are not allowed. Official distance will be uploaded to Strava from his ELEMNT bike computer.
Pace is a school dedicated to transforming the lives of children up to the age of 18 with motor disorders such as cerebral palsy. The charity is founded on the belief that every child has the ability to learn and make progress, despite the physical or sensory challenges they face. A group of specialist teachers and therapists create programs to support each of the 107 students and their families, helping them to unlock their potential.
“Each of the 107 children at Pace face daily challenges. Whether it’s waking up, getting to and from school, or inside the classroom, every element of their day requires complex planning. But seeing what Pace enables them to achieve, it’s just incredible. I want to make more people aware that schools like this exist and that they need funding to keep going.”
“I knew I wanted take on an endurance challenge which also relies on careful daily planning. The number 107 has become special to me, I even wear it on my jersey. So riding for 107 days just seemed like a no-brainer!”
HOW DID HE DO IT?
With only so many hours in the day, planning was key. The majority of Chris’ days usually began at 4.30am, when he would head out in and around London to start racking up kilometers before work. He then jumped back on the bike after work and finished the distance – while somehow managing to fit in sleeping, stretching, and a whole lot of eating.
“A big part of being able to do this challenge was having the right tools in place. Having good tech and good kit I could rely on day in, day out was essential.”
IT’S NOT BEEN AN EASY JOURNEY
Chris has faced plenty of hurdles during the challenge – isolation, a severe stomach bug, and the typically terrible British weather. “I’ve definitely had my low points. Those times when I’ve cycled through the rain and the snow, and freezing my fingers to the point I thought they were going to drop off.”
“On Day 39, I got so sick I couldn’t even leave the house. I’m pretty sure it was food poisoning. I had to stay off work and I was going between the bike and the toilet for two days. All I wanted to do is curl up in bed, but I knew I still had to get the distance done. It took me 9 hours to complete the distance on the turbo one day; I physically had no energy to turn the pedals. I also had to do a lot of riding on my own, and there were times when it felt isolating.”
“One of the things getting me through this is the support from the cycling community.”
“It’s been both amazing and humbling. Having random people show up to give me company out on rides, and sending encouraging messages online, it makes a big difference. It’s what makes the challenge doable for me. Seeing so many friends and strangers all show up to ride was so humbling. The company really has been priceless. It just goes to show the amazing camaraderie of the cycling community, I’m incredibly proud to be part of that.”
See the finish of the 107th Km on the 107th day (there is some swearing, you’ve been warned).
To keep up with Chris and his next adventure check out his Instagram @Chrishallrides
Want to check out the kit Chris uses? Visit Attacus Cycling.