Congratulations to Dave Oakes on Surviving Your Epic "Tour de Manc" 100 Mile Cycle Challenge!
Back in March, when Powelectrics introduced Dave Oakes as our new MD, we also mentioned that he was training hard for the Tour de Manc® sportive.
Dave has previously enjoyed many years of running, completing over 20 half marathons and also the Blackpool and Chester marathons. Sadly, his running career has suffered an enforced break due to knee surgery last year. Whilst his knee was on the mend, he decided to find a cycling challenge … and being Dave … there were no half measures!
The ‘Tour de Manc’ is an extremely challenging 100mile route involving 7900ft of climbing, designed to raise significant funds for a number of charities. The name comes from the fact that it passes through all 10 Greater Manchester boroughs, though it does tend to focus on the hilliest bits!
Starting near Heaton Park, North Manchester, it dispenses with any flattish ground with a 20 mile skip through Trafford Park to the Marple area and then gets down to business (well mainly up!) through the Pennine Hills of Saddleworth and the Lancashire Hills to the north of Ramsbottom and Horwich.
Now in its third year, Dave says that the Tour de Manc atmosphere was fantastic with around 600 participants in the 60 and 100 mile routes, The whole event was brilliantly organised, with four feed stations and free nutrition. Best of all … the sun was shining … on a Bank Holiday weekend as well!
Fantastically well done to Dave for not only surviving, but doing it on one of the hottest days of the year so far…certainly not the Arctic conditions he has been training in!
Dave tells us, “That was tough! The route seemed to find every hill in and around Manchester! Fortunately, the weather was great and the feed stations were well-stocked! I loved the Secret Training gels .... & Colin’s famous scones at around 50 miles- they were mentioned on the web site and they certainly lived up to the hype!! It was exciting to see the GB Women's Cycling Team whizz past me at one point! All in all, an exhausting, but really rewarding day in the saddle. I even got to learn about the velominati rules of cycling http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/ I especially like #5!! I’m hoping for more sunny weather, so I can work on #7.”
And what is next for Dave? He is looking forward to going out on Friday nights again and some more leisurely cycling over the Summer, though he will also be doing another 100 miles- the Liverpool-Chester-Liverpool Bike Ride in July.
Go for it Dave!