The first ten years, 2008 to 2017, saw 354 riders take part. Only one rider, Nigel Jones, took part in all ten. Each year had it’s own colour jersey and so it was fitting to call our tenth year “The Rainbow Year” and a unique black rainbow jersey design was created.
Eight notable riders were awarded unique white rainbow jerseys for their outstanding contribution to the success of Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop 30 Rides in 30 Days Challenge. Only ten white Rainbow Jerseys had been commissioned and awarded to the exceptional contributors, as follows: –
Paul came up with the original idea in early 2008. “Let’s get some good customers to ride the Rocque to Rock for thirty days” he said. It worked out that if 30 riders were to ride an hour a day for 30 days and each get 30 sponsors of £1 per day then 30x30x30 = £27,000. We had no idea if we would reach that figure but ended up with more than £44,000 in 2008 and built up from there.
Ian took part in 2008 and really set the benchmark for future years. Ian raised over £7,000 that year and this included £1,800 on the penultimate day by riding 30 times up the Val des Terres non stop in just three hours. A truly amazing feat and one which saw the public willingly throw small change and even pound notes into collectors’ buckets.
Simon also took part in the first ever event and raised over £6,000 to wards the £44,000 total.
Karen’s first 30/30 was 2009 but also took part in 2010. The fundraising in those days was very challenging due to the global financial crisis at that time. However in 2011 Karen had the brilliant idea of involving her school Beechwood into her fundraising efforts to remarkable effect and the Beechwood 30/30 Cycling Fun Day of that year raised £2,300. Now the Elizabeth College Junior School 30/30 Fundraising Day is a fixed event in their calendar and since 2011 over £20,000 has been raised by this one school. Carrie, Debbie, Liz and Sally now run things now Karen has left the school but the whole school is fully behind them and the results show.
Elizabeth College Junior School
The teachers at Elizabeth College Junior School have continued fundraising after Karen left and have surpassed £20,000 in five years. Carrie Wray, Debbie Mc Laughlin, Sally Inderwick and Liz Parkes still organise their own 30/30 Fun day involving the whole school, pupils, teachers, support staff and of course the governors.
Kelvin took part in 2010 and 2011 and has made a significant contribution of £52,370 to the total in just two years.
Nigel has taken part in all ten of the 30/30 challenges and so is unique in owning one of each of the ten coloured jerseys. Each year he has surpassed the fundraising target. His total raised so far exceeds £11,500.
Andrea’s first year was 2010 but what separates Andrea from other 30/30 riders is the extreme challenges she has set herself over the years. Not content with riding her bike for 60 minutes each day as she did in 2010 she increased the rides to 30 miles each day in 2011 and in 2012 increased this to completing 30 triathlons in 30 days including a 3 mile run and 30 lengths of the swimming pool to her 30 mile cycle ride. Not content with these physical efforts she has also held 30/30 themed BBQs at home and held colour co-ordinated days at Frossard House. Even the States of Deliberation were encouraged to wear something pink for the states sitting in May of 2011 or else pay a forfeit. Her supporters and sponsors have recognised these efforts and her total fundraising 2010-16 exceeds £9,000. Andrea, with fellow 30/30 Riders Tim Loveridge, Mark Torode and Richard Freeman, AKA “The Pootlelists”, also organised the 500 mile Les Bourgs to Les Bourgs ride from The Alps in 2017 and raised a further £10,000.