Skelly400 2018 Complete!
Another January has gone by and that means many a cyclist will be taking a well earned rest today, February 1st.
This year saw two Skelly inspired challenges; the Epic and the Gran Fondo.
The Epic challengers have been out there every single day this month, turning the cranks to the mucky tune of 10 miles per day, come rain or shine (and everything else in between).
They also shoehorned in a 100 mile ride during the month. Some got lucky and had winter sun on their backs. Others batted through howling winds, sideways rain and dark country lanes.
At one point or another, they, their families, friends and Strava followers probably cursed Paul Skelly for dreaming up this challenge which is now one of many legacies he created when he died whilst out doing what we all love; riding his bike.
To reach out to those whose lives can’t quite accommodate a daily outdoors ride, we adapted the challenge with a Gran Fondo format. Same distance, 400 miles in January, just done however and whenever possible.
Its impossible to really know how many have taken part but collectively, Skelly400 challengers have easily clocked up over 10,000 miles via this challenge. Astonishing.
Special mentions must go out to the Epic crew (please comment below if I’ve missed you – you must get the kudos!);
David Davies (with a severely injured knee)
Huw Davies (youngest participant – 16!)
Bev Compton (put up with DD!)
Ben Locke (works about 100 hours per day but still squeezed it in)
Dan Diment (over 1000 miles in January!)
Matt Cobbold (3 kids under 5 and runs his own business – first foray into the world of O2e)
Derek Martin (went out at 0001 on 31st to be the first to complete the Skelly400 and did every single mile in the big ring!!)
Colin Hathaway (nearly 700 miles this month and was out there at 4am on many a cold dark morning to get his miles done)
Lee McGinley (was seen out at 1am doing miles with his son, Connor, and also drew some impressive Strava art)
James Goodger (undisputed king of Skelly400 Strava art with pictures of goats and ducks, no less!)
Big shout out to the Sue, Julia, Siobhan and Ally for their fantastic miles and efforts too.
David Plews and Mal Casewell dispatched their 400 with aplomb whilst adorning many of the O2e jerseys from years gone by.
Thank you all for your brilliant pictures from your times on the bike, they really are inspiring and motivating.
O2e hopes that this challenge has set you up for a brilliant 2018, that really has got off to the best of starts for everyone who got out of their comfort zone to make this happen.
Big respect, kudos and Guinness flavoured love to all you amazing Skelly400 heroes.
Same time, same place, 2019.