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Spalding riders complete nine-day 'virtual reality Tour of Sufferlandia'




Spalding Cycling Club members swapped riding through countryside for running up the miles indoors as part of a virtual reality "Grand Tour".

Gary and Sarah Bentley, Barry Drew and Andrew Gurney, pedalled up to 200 miles over nine days after signing up to "the virtual reality Tour of Sufferlandia".

Initially, six riders from the club started the tour, with Chris Bettinson and Neil Palmer having to drop out in order to take part in a charity walk/run around Rutland Water on Sunday for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Gary Bentley, Chris Bettinson, Neil Palmer, Barry Drew, Andrew Gurney and Sarah Bentley start their virtual reality Tour of Sufferlandia.Photo supplied. (30223833)
Gary Bentley, Chris Bettinson, Neil Palmer, Barry Drew, Andrew Gurney and Sarah Bentley start their virtual reality Tour of Sufferlandia.Photo supplied. (30223833)

Drew said: "For a great deal of the winter there has been very little opportunity for pleasurable rides, particularly over the last month with gale force winds and storms making cycling unsafe.

"This has meant that a great number of riders have had to put up with the next best thing and retire to their garage or indoors to keep fit or train on static 'turbos' as they are called.

"For around the last eight years a number of Spalding riders have been getting together every Tuesday night to train during the winter months.

Spalding Cycling Club members at their annual awards night this year.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-070220-079TW.
Spalding Cycling Club members at their annual awards night this year.Photo by Tim Wilson.SG-070220-079TW.

"The Virtual Reality Tour of Sufferlandia features recorded footage of Grand Tours, such as the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta, giving riders the chance to enjoy the wonderful scenery, while suffering at the same time.

"The Tour of Sufferlandia takes place every year in February and it involves a series of video workouts, including sprints, endurance, climbing and combinations of all three.

"Riders can spend a total of around 14 hours in the saddle which, for the stronger riders, means mileages of around 180 to 200 miles."


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