Please join us in sponsoring ex-pro Molly Weaver in her bonkers cycling challenge on 18th April – riding 1,111 laps (130km) of her garden in 12 hours to raise money for Women’s Aid to support victims of domestic violence, which is sadly increasing during the current lockdown period.

It’s a physical challenge for sure (although Molly has of course done longer rides during her career) but it’s mainly going to be a mental one! 1,111 laps…with five slow speed turns per lap… It’ll be the thought of the funds raised that keeps her going, so please visit her JustGiving page and donate anything you can.

On the 18th of April I was signed up to race a long-distance gravel event, The Dirty Reiver, but for obvious reasons this is no longer happening.

I thought about what I could do instead, and how I could help raise money for charity in this time of increased need.

From this, the idea for Dirty Weaver was born.

I will now be riding the distance of the event around my garden on the 18th of April. Each lap is approximately 100m long, so this means over 1000 laps. It will take in a combination of grass, gravel, and tarmac, and I estimate that it will take me around 12 hours to complete.

Over the next couple of weeks I will be doing work on the ‘course’ to make the laps a bit faster, but I am currently intending to ride the Dirty One Thirty (130km). This is achievable in daylight hours, which is important for safety.

This will be a mental and physical challenge unlike anything I’ve done before, but every donation will motivate me to keep pedaling for an important cause.

Let’s help support those going through something unimaginable during this lockdown.

Why Women’s Aid?

Under ‘normal’ circumstances the statistics around domestic abuse are already shocking enough, and charities helping survivors are often not given the support they need:

– Almost one in three women aged 16-59 will experience domestic abuse in her lifetime.

– Two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone.

– In the year ending March 2019, 1.6 million women experienced domestic abuse.

It is likely that home confinement during Covid-19 will lead to further abuse by perpetrators, and figures are already rapidly increasing during the lockdown.

Your donation could be a survivor’s lifeline during this dangerous time!

Molly

The Course

It’s pretty straightforward…ZERO climbing, but 12 hours of navigating round the same 117m loop should provide enough of a challenge! Comprising 1111 laps (130km) of Molly’s family garden in Shropshire, which happens to have a gravel path running round the edge of most of it. Not sure the Komoot description of “easy gravel ride” will apply after 1000+ laps…

There is a little work to be done to make certain that the course is 100% safe, such as spreading the gravel a bit thinner in places (who likes riding on a beach?), laying about 5m of new pathway across the corner of one flowerbed (will be reinstated, honest), the smoothing out of three small curbs, and a little bit of shrub trimming. But it’s 90% there already, by pure chance!

The Bike etc

Molly is sponsored by some cool brands, who are fully on board for the challenge – Cannondale, Mavic, Fabric and WTB among them.

Molly will be riding in a fully responsible and socially distanced way, entirely within the family garden. She’ll have lights, just in case, but the plan is to try and complete the ride in daylight, and will take comfort/food breaks periodically, with an unmanned food stop on the patio.