We at e-bikeshop are proud to announce we are supporting local eBiker with an Official Guinness World Record attempt to be the fastest around the Isle of Man TT Mountain Course.
Rider Mat Dibb Says -
I’ve always needed challenges and targets in life to aim for, as a means of motivation and fitness.
As an avid supporter and user of electric bicycles, an e-bikeshop.co.uk customer and keen fundraiser I wondered how I could combine all three in my next big challenge.
I am also a passionate Motorsport follower, and visit the TT on IOM by e-bike as a spectator most years.
Following a long negotiation with Guinness World Records, they finally agreed to creating a new category for me 'Fastest Isle of Man TT Mountain Course - Electric bicycle'.
I aim to complete a full lap of the TT mountain course over 38 miles, including climbing the notoriously challenging Snaefell Mountain.
The current (unofficial) record has been set by local Manxman and TT motorcycle competitor Conor Cummins of 2hrs 41mins on a Smart electric bike. I am hoping to complete my lap in under 2hrs. Conor says that he stopped for a cup of tea at his Mum's house in Ramsey, something I aim to replicate to keep the challenge honest.
Having had a chat with the ever helpful Martin Brown (Director, e-bikeshop.co.uk) he helped identify and source the most suitable e-bike from www.moustachebikes.com for the challenge and the plan was in place.
Training-wise, not too much more is needed as I regularly clock up around 150 miles per week on my e-hybrid, and ride off-road for 3-4hrs every Sunday morning on my e-MTB, a Haibike X-Duro.
Why are you undertaking this challenge?
Well I am myself awaiting kidney transplant due to a long term kidney disease. I'm also a committee member of www.kidneyfund.org.uk/. Like many other deserving charities we are reliant solely upon charitable donations.
This event will not only give me the opportunity to raise much needed funds, but also to promote kidney health awareness generally.
The support of friends, family and of course the generosity of e-bikeshop.co.uk so far has been nothing short of incredible.
So the pressure is now on, and now it's down to me!
When is the event taking place?
The challenge will take place in 1 month's time, on 14th September 2014.
Please help Mat by following his progress at https://www.facebook.com/MatsTTWR and help him reach his target of 1,000 likes.
You can also support by donating at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MatDibb
We wish Mat good luck and hope you will follow from the build up, training and live reports.