This biking is bonkers. Any tips?

So far its been hard with the weather but learning biking at my age is not easy.I managed to help the Hopeman Scouts in there 24 hour bikeathon at Tesco in Elgin.  I had seen them when shopping with Wendy Hughes who was with the Hopeman Scouts in the 70’s Wendy was a leader for over 12 years and is now in her 80’s.Wendy was so glad to see them and as I knew a few of the kids we donated and had a chat. I did say I would be back later during the night but I doubted they believed me. I know hat on any 24 hour event the quite hours are the time. I was up early there from 0500 to 0830 and managed 80k it was a lot easier than out in the weather. No duvet, face-mask or cold feet its warm inside by how my bottom hurt, even with padded shorts. It was great to see the effort and thanks to all who helped.

Shout out to Erin & Laura from Hopeman Scout Group who are nearly 14 hours into their 24 hour cycle marathon in Tesco, Elgin. We’ve had lots of supports from Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders, Exec, parents and everybody else but the long, lonely night shift is about to start. Laura is going to the Blair Atholl Jamborette this summer and Erin to WSJ next year and this is one of their fundraising ventures. 😁🚴‍♀️⚜️ — at Tesco (Elgin, Moray)

Early shift thanks Damien.

The girls on the bikeathon were nearly asleep after 20 hours but the Mums on mothers day were still pushing out the kilometers great effort. Well done Hopeman Scouts. The effort of the Leaders and families is impressive and the two girls at the end made a huge effort being there for 24 hours and I hope they have great success in their efforts.

Any tips welcome ?

Grand totals are in!

Overall mileage cycled was 752, which is the equivalent of cycling from Hopeman to Reykjavik or Berlin (as the crow flies!).

Donation total was £1076.77 (£1147.67 including the table sales).

Thank you so much to each and every person who donated or helped out in any way. We are overwhelmed by the amount of support we were given. Everyone who joined us cycling is in this album, your efforts at sparing our legs for the quieter times was greatly appreciated!

Thank you also to Tesco, Elgin for letting us take over your foyer, letting us inside when the doors were locked for a few hours, supplying us with free teas & coffees and for all your donations, too.

Well done !

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After dinner speaker Lecturer and Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 36 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 4 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer and loves the wild places.
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