In 2018 I will attempt my longest ride ever, aiming 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. And I want YOU to be a part of this journey.
I’d like you to take on your own Longest Ride Challenge in 2018, on whatever bike you like to ride. Together, we can achieve our goals. I’m here to encourage and assist you – and other riders – to complete your longest rides. Let’s all do something special this year!
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In 2016 I rode my ElliptiGO bike from Land’s End to John o’Groats (the southernmost and northernmost points of Britain) to break the elliptical bike Guinness World Record for the famed End-to-End crossing of Britain.
My plan for 2018 is to attempt to ride double that distance on my ElliptiGO bike, in a Double End-to-End challenge. It will involve riding 2,700km (about 1,700-miles) from Land’s End to John o’Groats – and then back to Land’s End again.
To set a new elliptical bike Guinness World Record the Double End-to-End ride has to be completed in under 14 days and the Audax UK time-limit for the 2,700km Double End-to-End ride is 13.5 days (which is equivalent to 200km/125-miles per day).
So the Audax UK time-limit will be my target for the completion of this challenge and if I am successful I’ll have also set a new elliptical bike Guinness World Record for the return journey between John o’Groats and Land’s End.
All my training for this challenge can be followed on My 2018 Longest Ride Training Blog. The proposed start date for my challenge is 24th June 2018 but please be aware that both the date and the route are still in planning and might be changed. Please click here for our proposed route & schedule and it would be great if you could join us for part of our journey!
My challenge to you in 2018, my fellow riders, is to also attempt your longest ride ever. Your longest ride does not have to be quite as long as my planned longest ride, nor does it have to be on a bike like mine (although it can be, if you want it to)! However, for the 2018 Longest Ride Challenge, it simply needs to be the longest ride you’ve ever completed, on any type of bicycle that suits you. It can be 30-miles long, or it can be 300-miles long. And it can be done either in a single day – or across a series of days.
As much as I’d love it if everyone who joins this challenge rides alongside me during my own longest ride challenge, I also understand how difficult that might be for a variety of logistical reasons. So the goal of this challenge is for riders to complete their longest rides during 2018 – whether or not they attempt their longest rides at the same place and at the same time as my own Longest Ride Challenge.
I already have a long-standing (do you like that play on words?) track record which demonstrates that I can help most people achieve incredibly tough riding distances – and I will support everyone who joins my challenge to ensure that they prepare adequately and are successful in their endeavours.
The goal of this project is for us all to truly inspire and challenge ourselves – and each other. And the ultimate goal is for us all to succeed. So I have based the challenge mainly around the total distance to be covered (rather than focusing also on the pace of the ride) and if you are in any way drawn to the idea of completing the longest bike ride you’ve ever done please don’t procrastinate. Make a commitment now and let’s strive to make 2018 the most successful year of our lives!
All I ask for in return for helping other riders to get involved in the 2018 Longest Ride Challenge is a genuine commitment to completing the longest ride they have ever done. I also seek their support in spreading the word about the 2018 Longest Ride Challenge (please use the social media hashtag #rideforgarai) and I hope some riders will use their own Longest Ride Challenges as sponsorship & fundraising opportunities for the charitable documentary film project which is outlined next…
WHY I AM DOING THIS CHALLENGE
My motivation for this Longest Ride Challenge is to fund a documentary film about my late brother, the skydiver Garai Makaya, who passed away on 11th February 2017.
The proceeds of the documentary film will be dedicated towards fundraising projects which Garai had supported in Botswana over the years. I feel that such an outcome will fulfill my goals of telling Garai’s story through his skydiving community and assisting the charitable causes which he was so passionate about.
Garai was a renowned skydiver and adventure tourism pioneer, based in Botswana. He played a key role in establishing skydiving as an official sport in Botswana and he touched many lives along the way – through adventure tourism and also through the charitable work he did alongside his skydiving projects.
This documentary film will be about the skydiving community in Southern Africa and Garai’s skydiving legacy, so it will obviously be of tremendous interest to Garai’s sport, to his friends and to his family. But I also believe such a documentary will be of great interest to anybody looking for a really well-made, action-packed, thought-provoking and entertaining television sports-based documentary film (because I will be partnering with accomplished film-making organisations that have already expressed an interest in handling the production of the documentary).
This documentary film – like The 2018 Longest Ride Challenge – is an ambitious and audacious project. It involves a huge financial undertaking and I will need to raise at least £80,000 to cover the production costs. That’s the lowest realistic quoted price for making the documentary film to the very highest standards required for it to enter the major film awards (which is important if the film is to generate the surplus required to address the charitable goals of this project).
HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THIS PROJECT
You can support (or become a part of) this project in a variety of ways, as listed below:
1* Join the Longest Ride Challenge and commit to completing the longest ride you’ve ever done! You can complete your Longest Ride Challenge with me (either during my own Longest Ride Challenge, or on a different date in 2018). And you can also complete your Longest Ride Challenge without me, if dates or geography get in the way. I’ll provide as much assistance as you need to get yourself ready for your longest ride, however and wherever you choose to do it.
2* Follow this link (or use the fundraising graphic in the section above) to make a donation (of any size) towards the film production budget. Your support will be massively appreciated – and you’ll also receive a 2018 Longest Ride #rideforgarai wristband to help keep you focused on your long ride goal until you’ve completed it!
3* You can also use your own longest ride challenge to assist in the fundraising for my documentary film project by seeking sponsorship of your Longest Ride Challenge within your own personal networks. With the fundraising spread among all the riders taking part in the Longest Ride Challenge the financial goal becomes much more achievable. All riders who use their Longest Ride Challenges to raise funds for the documentary project will be acknowledged in the film credits. Please use #rideforgarai for your social media communications about the 2018 Longest Ride Challenge.
4* If you are thinking of taking on your longest ride on an ElliptiGO bike, but you don’t yet own an ElliptiGO bike, you can buy an ElliptiGO bike directly from the ElliptiGO USA or ElliptiGO UK websites quoting “The Garai Makaya Documentary Project” in the comment section of the online order form (which will result in 10% of the pre-tax bike price you pay being added to the documentary film project fund).
5* Consider taking up a personal training package to help prepare you for your longest ride. Many of you will be aware that I have extensive experience of preparing ultra-endurance athletes for the most challenging long distance rides in the world. Examples of some of these athletes are shown on the ElliptiGO Ultra-Endurance Team Roll of Honour and the case studies outlined on this Ultra-Endurance Training page show what can be achieved in just a few months of focused training.
6* If you are a cyclist – and also a UK driver – I’ve teamed up with a car insurance provider which specialises in the insurance of drivers who also cycle. Because cyclists tend to be safe drivers, this firm can often get cyclists a better deal on their car insurance – just for being cyclists!
If you do take up their car insurance policy a £10 donation will automatically be made towards the documentary film project (upon signup – and then for every additional year that you remain with them).
To ensure that we get the £10 donation please use the online form on this specific link to sign up for the insurance quote and be sure to list “The Garai Makaya Documentary Project” as your awareness source. If you happen to get the quote over the phone please remember to mention “The Garai Makaya Documentary Project” to the operator as well.
7* Skydivers (and any of Garai’s friends who read this) please come forward and let me know if you’d be happy to be considered as an interview subject for this documentary. If you know anyone else whom you think would be a relevant interview subject for the documentary please direct me to them as well. And if you have interesting video footage of Garai (which you think could be of potential use in the documentary) please get in touch.
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 Re. is 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!
Bob Ro. has already done his longest ride ever – back on 1st January 2018 when he completed a 100km (62-mile) metric century ride! Although that ride absolutely counts for the 2018 Longest Ride Challenge Bob now plans to GO for 160km (100-miles) on 19th May 2018 – at the Davis Century in the USA (assuming, of course, that he makes it back from the TD Five Boro Bike Tour in one piece)! Bob is GOing to be a busy man in 2018!
Bryan H plans to surpass his current longest ride of 50.6-miles. He tells us: “I usually do solo rides, but will invite others to join my longest ride, some of whom are also ElliptiGO riders…
My goal is to complete my first 100K in 2018 while building up to my first century. I will be riding on the Knoxville, TN greenways…”
Bryan P has set himself the goal of riding 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).
Dell’s longest ride, to date, was 77km (48-miles) in the Clean Air Challenge on the Withlacoochee Trail (Florida, USA) last March. He plans to participate in that ride this coming weekend but this time around he wants to ride at least 80km (50-miles) and hopefully quite a bit more! Dell and his wife have been riding ElliptiGO bikes for over 2 years and enjoy every ride – whether with a group, or alone…
Francois’ goal this summer is to complete a metric century (100km/62-miles) and possibly even extend it to 70-miles (the same as his age)! He will travel the Eastern Trail from Portland Maine to Portsmouth, NH (USA). He’s also an ElliptiGO artist, so please feel free to check out Francois’ artwork on his website.
Frank’s plan is to ride farther than his longest ride of 120km (75-miles) in an organized cycling event, sometime in 2018. He’s not sure when or where yet (maybe in Florida, where he lives – or in San Diego, where he spends a few months each year). And Frank will ride either by himself – or with some other friends who ride ElliptiGO bikes…
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.
James is aiming to ride more than 1,000km (625-miles) under Audax UK rules this year. He’d like to do the Mille Cymru Audax, if he can get a place, otherwise he’ll look at alternatives (maybe even a solo DIY Audax challenge over 1,000km instead). He tried the 1,230km (765-miles) Paris Brest Paris (PBP) in 2015 but had to rest and then turn back at Loudeac (449km into the 619km first half) due to a huge ‘bonk’…
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.
Jean lives in Southern Maryland (the heart of Blue Crab country). She’s planning to ‘attack’ the Virginia Cap2Cap Century Ride on 12th May 2018 for her Longest Ride Challenge. She would dearly love to cross the Atlantic and join Idai, but alas, she will only be there in spirit for the Double End-to-End!
Jeanne’s longest ride was 163km (102-miles) back in March 2015. She had an accident 2 months later with a car and finally felt she could attempt it again towards the end of 2017. She completed a ride of 166km (103.8-miles) on 28th February 2018 to become the first person listed in the 2018 Longest Ride Challenge to accomplish their lifetime longest ride goal! Well done Jeanne!!!
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.
Lyn’s longest ride was 112km (70-miles) which she accomplished on 30th September 2017. In 2018 Lyn hopes to GO further – perhaps as far as 160km (100-miles)?
The Makaya Kids have pledged to support their Dad (Idai) in the 2018 Longest Ride Challenge. Their goal is to exceed their current longest ride of 16-miles (26km). So in 2018 they aim to complete a 20-mile (32km) ride! And they will also do their bit to support their Dad’s fundraising efforts!
Mark’s goal in 2018 is to ride 400km (250-miles) with Idai during the Double End-to-End challenge.
Mike’s goal in 2018 is to get back to peak fitness levels after a few years at sub-par fitness and to successfully complete a Super Randonneur Series (200km, 300km, 400km & 600km cycling events) under Audax UK rules. The Super Randonneur series is among the most demanding standards achievable in Audax Long-Distance Cycling & Mike will also be helping Idai’s fundraising efforts. What a year it will be for him!
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) cycling event, under Audax UK rules (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.
When he joined the challenge Pete told us: “My goals for 2018 are to ride a total of over 4,000-miles (a feat I last achieved as an Audax UK member in 1987) and to complete a single ride of over 200-miles in length! Many thanks to Idai and to Steve Abraham for the inspiration…”
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.
Shanthi will be cycling 300km on an indoor bike (over 3 consecutive days) and she would like to do the challenge during the days Idai will be riding (so she can be with him in spirit). Shanthi is Idai & Garai’s cousin – Garai walked her down the aisle at her wedding, to give her away on behalf of the Makaya family. She is not a cyclist, so this challenge will be completely new ground for her…
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 was to complete his longest ride, ending on 3rd March 2018. That longest ride has turned out to be 115,680km (72,300-miles) long and has taken a full year for Steve to complete! However, Steve is also keen to join Idai for the full Double End-to-End ride this year, using his Morpheus tandem bike (pictured). He really needs a second rider to make this work on the tandem – so if you think you could be that second rider please contact Idai.
Stu is a ‘special member’ of this challenge who’ll not even be attempting his longest ride this year! But we’ve ‘allowed’ him to officially join our ranks because his longest ride was 2,000km (1,250-miles) long (and that’s hard and really time-consuming to improve upon!)! We’ve also allowed him into our numbers because he’s a really close friend and is spearheading the #runforgarai campaign – which is a runners’ version of the 2018 Longest Ride Project. Read about it here.
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…
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