It’s a very long way from the UK to Guatemala - a daunting 5,396 miles (8,685 Km) from our offices in Nottingham to our School of Hope in Jocotenango, Guatemala.
To get started on tackling the journey, Education for the Children ran its first Wattbike Corporate Challenge event in Nottingham on 16th May. The fundraiser kicked-off a programme of challenges taking place this year around the UK, with the aim to cycle all the way to Guatemala in under 12 months.
The first virtual cycling day featured 10 teams with around 60 people taking part in a challenge to cycle 130 miles (210 Km) from Nottingham to London on the ultimate indoor training bike, the Wattbike.
Podium Solutions kindly hosted the event and transformed their boardroom into a cycle studio with music pumping and cycling on the big screen.
EFTC’s Cycling Ambassador, former Olympic cycling medallist Bryan Steel attended the event - with several teams taking up the option to get a “Bryan Steel Boost” with 20 minutes of riding from Bryan for their team, for a minimum donation of £50.
Each team had their own Wattbike Trainer stationary bike and was able to monitor their progress against all the other teams taking part in the challenge. Teams worked together to see who could be the first to virtually cycle the journey via a series of route points along the way.
The winning team was Podium C. They were first to arrive at the finish line in London, but only by a mere 16 seconds after five and a half hours of cycling.
Abi Moore from UHY Hacker Young and Roland Woodman from Podium won the individual power champions for a separate sprint challenge to get the biggest power output.
Overall 1,300 miles were cycled by the 10 competing teams - which makes up 24% of the total distance to Guatemala.
The event was a huge success. This is what people said about the day:
“I had an amazing time at the EFTC Wattbike Corporate Challenge. It was fantastic to see so many riders coming together to raise money for the charity while being able to meet other people, network, and more importantly have fun.
"The brilliant thing about this event is that it doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are - you can cycle as long, or as fast as you wish. The main thing is that you are helping your team to achieve their goal while supporting young people.”
EFTC’s Cycling Ambassador, former Olympic cycling medallist Bryan Steel.
"We just wanted to say a big thank you to EFTC for organising such a great day. The attention to detail was excellent and helped the day go smoothly. We hope that the money raised goes as far as possible to help the families and children you support."
James Sadler, Director of Strategy at Podium
Kevin Spencer, UK Commercial Manager at Education for the Children Foundation, looks forward to the next challenge events:
“We’re absolutely delighted with our first Wattbike Challenge. We’re underway with our journey to Guatemala by bike and thank you so much to Wattbike, Podium and Bryan for supporting our event.
“We’re looking forward to the rest of the year - we’ve a fantastic Tour de France event on 6th July (read more), future corporate challenges around the UK and the next corporate challenge in Nottingham later in 2019.
“If you are a business interested in hosting an event in your town/city, please get in touch. Every penny raised will go directly to our School of Hope in Guatemala, to help our students to break the cycle of poverty through education.”