Philip Field, Bramble Ski’s web designer, recently participated solo in the Race Around Ireland – an ultra-marathon cycling race that circumnavigates the country - to raise money for Help for Heroes. The total race distance of 2,171km is demanding enough in itself but this year’s entrants faced the added challenge of battling headwinds from tropical hurricane Katia that at times exceeded 100km/h.
Phil, racing for Team Exiles, now lives in Verbier and did most of his training preparation in the Swiss Alps. With the hard yards done prior to the race, he and his back-up team had worked out a sustenance strategy of riding for four hours on energy gels and resting and refueling for one. After 37 hours of duelling with the wrath of Mother Nature however, Phil decided to withdraw. Read his fascinating account of the experience here. Only two of the 11 solo riders managed to complete the event. Phil managed to raise almost £3,000 for his chosen charity. Everyone at Bramble Ski is really proud of his efforts in and out of the saddle.