World record static cycle, 30 hours for MND
A team of 25 cyclists, including our own Wayne ‘WAGGA’ Godwin are attempting to break a world record, without leaving their own homes.
Unable to complete their planned 900-mile five day ride from Headingley Stadium in Leeds to Toulouse in France because of current government restrictions the team had a rethink.
And they’ll now be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest group static cycle. The current record is 28 hours – the team is hoping to add at least two hours onto the record – cycling together virtually using Zwift and urging each other on over online video Zoom.
The challenge is the brainchild of Josh Taylor, Ewan Dowes, Sam Taylor and Paul Verity who are taking on this challenge as a way of raising vital funds to support the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association, inspired by the diagnosis of Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow.
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis. There is no cure.
Money raised by the endeavour will help the MND Association improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers, fund and promote research.
Josh said: “Obviously we had to cancel our original plans but giving up or postponing wasn’t an option. For people living with MND, like Rob, there isn’t any other option but to carry on and live with this terrible disease. So, we set about finding a new challenge.”
On Saturday 30 May the 25 riders will start their 30-hour challenge pedalling on static bikes set up in garages, gardens and spare rooms. The team have been supported by the GMB Union who have provided jerseys for the ride, as well as making a very generous donation. A group of cyclists from Rugby League Cares are helping to make up the team of 25 with sponsorship from their efforts supporting Rugby League Cares.
The team will be doing this challenge live on Zoom. If you would like to support the team in their fundraising for the MND Association, please visit the team fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/team/teamride29.
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About the MND Association:
Please note that style wise motor neurone disease is lower case and then abbreviated to MND. The Motor Neurone Disease Association can be shortened to the MND Association, or the Association but never the MNDA.
The MND Association was founded in 1979 by a group of volunteers with experience of living with or caring for someone with MND. We are the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.
We improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers.
We fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure for MND.
We campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND and everyone who cares for them are recognised and addressed by wider society.
About motor neurone disease (MND):
- MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.
- It attacks the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. MND does not usually affect the senses such as sight, sound, feeling etc.
- It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe.
- Over 80% of people with MND will have communication difficulties, including for some, a complete loss of voice.
- It affects people from all communities.
- Around 35% of people with MND experience mild cognitive change, in other words, changes in thinking and behaviour. A further 15% of people show signs of frontotemporal dementia which results in more pronounced behavioural change.
- It kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis.
- A person’s lifetime risk of developing MND is around 1 in 300.
- Six people per day are diagnosed with MND in the UK.
- It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.
- It kills six people per day in the UK, this is just under 2,200 per year.
- It has no cure.