DT technician Darren Hooper is taking part in a gruelling 12-hour mountain bike race as a fundraising challenge to mark the 60th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. The D of E scheme will award a diamond pin to anyone that takes on a challenge this year and raises £60 for them by doing so.
Mr Hooper, who co-ordinates the scheme at Brooke Weston, is doing a two bike challenges involving a 12 hour bike ride and an ascent of Mount Snowdon.
He said: ‘I decided to take part in ‘Torq in Your Sleep’ a 12-hour bike ride at Minley Manor near Reading that runs from mid-day to midnight. My aim is to ride for the whole 12 hours stopping only for food and nature breaks! The course is set in woodland and has some demanding climbs with technical descents. It is eight miles long so I anticipate completing 10 to 12 laps. I have done quite a few before but in a team, so I haven’t done 12 hours solo before. It is a big event and about 1,000 riders are taking part.
‘Part two of the challenge, because it’s on my bucket list, is to ride my mountain bike off road to the summit of Mount Snowdon and back down, ascending on the Llanberis path alongside the train track and descending via the Snowdon Ranger Path. This part of my challenge will have to be completed by the 10am curfew for mountain bikers on Snowdon so I’ll probably have to start it around 4am! It is something I always wanted to do. I ride all the time but I am just building up the distances to get prepared for both challenges.’
If anyone wants more details on the Diamond Challenge, or would like to sponsor Mr Hooper via his Justgiving page, the links are below: