Sign Up for the 2018 Longest Ride Challenge!

My goal for 2018 will be to attempt the longest ride I have ever done. I will attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the 2,700km (1,700-miles) return journey between John o’Groats & Land’s End, using my ElliptiGO bike. A key part of this goal will be to encourage and assist other riders (regardless of what type of bike they ride) to also complete their longest rides in 2018.

To join The 2018 Longest Ride Challenge please send me an email (on idaimakaya at gmail dot com) and include your name, a photo of you with your bike (for display on the rider listings) and a brief outline of your 2018 Longest Ride Goal. Be sure to explain whether you plan to ride in a solo 2018 Longest Ride Challenge, or if you prefer to join me at some point during my Double End-to-End ride. Examples of our rider profiles are shown below.

If you feel inspired to attempt your longest ride in 2018, but you are not experienced in long-distance training (or you are not sure how to prepare yourself) please don’t shy away! Get in touch (on idaimakaya at gmail dot com)! I’ll assist you in getting yourself ready for whatever your goal distance happens to be. It doesn’t take long to get into top shape when you prepare your body properly. If you make a genuine commitment I promise you’ll be in great shape for your longest ride this year.

Best Regards,
Idai Makaya


LIST OF RIDERS IN THE 2018 LONGEST RIDE CHALLENGE

Below is a listing of all the riders who have officially committed to the 2018 Longest Ride Challenge. You can follow our training on The 2018 Longest Ride Strava Group.

Idai’s goal in 2018 is to ride 2,700km (1,700-miles) under Audax UK rules. Alongside any other elliptical bike riders who join him for his full journey, he will attempt to jointly set a new Elliptical Bike Guinness World Record for the return journey between John o’Groats and Land’s End (also known as the Double End-to-End).

When Adam got married Garai Makaya was his Best Man. So Adam will be putting in his longest bike ride in memory of one of his closest friends. Adam’s long ride goal for 2018 is to do at least 2 x Iron Man distance (for each of the Iron Man events he does) and specifically for the 2018 Longest Ride Challenge he will do twice the Ironman cycling distance in one ride (360.5km or 224-miles). He will do his Longest Ride challenge on either ‘end’ of Idai’s Double End-to-End challenge (riding with Idai and the End-to-End group). He will also do his best to help raise funds for the Documentary Project.

Alan’s goal in 2018 is to ride 2,700km (1,700-miles) with Idai, under Audax UK rules. He will jointly attempt to set a new Elliptical Bike Guinness World Record for the return journey between John o’Groats and Land’s End (also known as the Double End-to-End).

Andrew’s goal in 2018 is to ride 2,700km (1,700-miles) under Audax UK rules. He’ll be attempting the full Double End-to-End challenge with Idai.

Andy’s goal in 2018 is to better his longest cycle ride of all time, 162km (101-miles).

Bob’s planning his longest ride for the end of April 2018 to celebrate his 62nd birthday! He’ll be doing a solo ride from Seattle WA to Solana Beach CA. That’s over 1,500-miles long and he plans to take 17-18 days to complete it! Bob’s current longest ride was done in May of 2016 (when he rode from Napa Valley CA to Las Vegas NV). It was over 700-miles long and took him 5.5 days to complete. That ride was done to celebrate his 60th birthday!

Bryan’s goal in 2018 is to ride 208km (130-miles) in an ElliptiGO group challenge ride, in the USA.

Carol’s goal in 2018 is to ride 162km (101-miles) which would exceed her century ride (the longest ride she’s completed, to date). Her plan is to train up to 100-miles in her local vicinity, before completing 101-miles plus in an official cycling event.

Clay’s longest ride, to date, was the Bike the Coast Century ride 11/3/12 (to become member #66 in the ElliptiGO Century Club). His goal in 2018 will be to ride 200km (125-miles) during the 2018 Global ElliptiGO Riders Club Team Challenge! Clay says: “I look forward to following everyone on this 2018 journey! #RIDEFORGARAI”

After failing to complete the 1,420km (890-miles) London Edinburgh London challenge (LEL 2017) due to a mixture of mechanical & physiological problems, David says he was not prepared to wait another 4 years to try again at LEL 2021. So in August 2018 he will attempt his longest ride ever – the 1,400km End to End ride from Land’s End to John o’Groats (‘LEJOG’). He aims to complete his challenge in 7 days (ridden as 7 x 200km rides, under Audax UK rules).

Guido’s goal in 2018 is to ride 230km (144-miles). He’ll do his ride around the end of July, or in August. He says: “It is huge for me, because I am a typically explosive type of guy (doing short bursts of high performance riding). So it’ll be a challenge for me to go long. My route is from Heerlen to St.Vith (close to the border with Luxemburg) and back. Maybe, just maybe, I can touch the Luxemburg border. That would be 270+km of riding!

Henry’s goal in 2018 is to ride 500km (313-miles) with Idai during the Double End-to-End challenge.

Jane’s goal in 2018 is to ride more than 180km (111-miles), which is currently her longest ride. She plans to do it as part of a century bike event in the USA and she’ll be doing this challenge ride as a tribute to her beloved nephew, Ryan Keenan, who sadly died unexpectedly in June 2016.

Jeff’s goal in 2018 is to ride 184km (115-miles) in a single ride. It will be his longest ride on any bike.

Jim’s goal is to exceed his prior longest ride of 703km by joining for half of Idai’s Double End-to-End ride (that’s a full 1,350km/850-miles ‘JOGLE’ End-to-End ride, just to be clear)! He looks forward the camaraderie and to seeing a lot of the UK he’s not been to before.

Julie’s longest ride, to date, is the Bildeston Audax (which should have been around 100-miles long but she ended up doing 107-miles)! She’s put off doing a 200km (125-mile) Audax since joining Audax UK because, more often than not, she does these rides solo. But this challenge is the motivation she needed and she’d really like to become a randonneur this year – regardless of whether or not she has anyone to accompany her…

Katie’s goal in 2018 is to better her current longest ride distance of 160km (100-miles). She aims to ride 168km (105-miles) this year – hopefully on one of the great paved trails in Minnesota, USA.

Keri’s longest ride was the California Death Ride (120-miles long). So she will aim for 208km (130-miles) in 2018 and plans to ride in the USA with Bryan, during his ElliptiGO group ride challenge.

Kitty’s goal in 2018 is to ride 600km (375-miles) under Audax UK rules.

Mark’s goal in 2018 is to ride 400km (250-miles) with Idai during the Double End-to-End challenge.

Monika’s Goal in 2018 is to better her longest ride of 100km (62-miles) which she completed at the end of 2017.

Neil’s goal in 2018 is to ride 208km (130-miles) in the USA, with Bryan, during his ElliptiGO group ride challenge. He will attempt this despite his very serious asthma (which often limits how much riding he can do).

Nigel’s goal in 2018 is to ride 200km (125-miles) with Idai during the Double End-to-End challenge.

Paul B has 3 Big goals for 2018. #1 The Acme Grand 1,000km (625-miles) Audax ride – on a road bike. #2 A 400km (250-miles) Audax event (although he’s not sure which one yet) on the ElliptiGO 8C Bike. #3 And (although not a ride, we’ll be nice and include it here, because it’s a great goal!) a 100km (60-mile) walk with his wife and their dog. There will be no real time-limit, but he hopes to do it within daylight hours.

Paul H’s goal in 2018 is to ride 200km (125-miles) with Idai during the Double End-to-End challenge.

Paul W’s goal in 2018 is to ride 200km (125-miles) with Idai.

The furthest Robert’s ridden is 165km (103-miles), in a group century ride (he rode an additional 3-miles because he took a wrong turn)! His goal in 2018, among others, will be to ride any amount farther than 165km (103-miles). He doesn’t have a specific event picked out, but will train for the challenge and find a target event. He even hopes he can convince his wife, “Squawking Tiger” (also pictured) to join him – because she is always the inspiration that keeps him GOing when the GOing gets tough.

Simon’s goal in 2018 is to ride at least 300km (200-miles) with Idai during the Double End-to-End challenge.

Steve’s goal in 2018 is to complete his longest ride, ending on 4th March 2018. That longest ride will be well over 112,000km (70,000-miles) long and will have taken a full year for him to complete! However, Steve is also keen to join Idai for the full Double End-to-End ride, using his Morpheus tandem bike (pictured). But he really needs a second rider to make this work on the tandem. If you think you could be that second rider, please contact Idai.

Tom’s 2018 goal is to exceed 600km (390-miles) which is the length of his current longest ride. He’s not yet sure how much further he’ll GO (because life’s getting in the way at the moment) but it will definitely be more than 600km (and could even be all the way from John o’Groats to Land’s End – and back again). He’ll be riding with Idai during the Double End-to-End Challenge…

Your picture & longest ride goal details GO here! Please follow the instructions above to officially become part of The 2018 Longest Ride Challenge… #rideforgarai

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