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Behind The Bikeshed helps Planet Rock DJ raise £41,000 for charity

btbsAdmin | 22/12/2015 14:31:49


Our regular customers will be aware that, with the support of Giant Bicycles UK, we recently helped Planet Rock DJ Wyatt Wendels as he completed the ‘Ride To Rockstock’ cycling challenge.

The aim of the ride was to raise awareness of the charity CALM, which deals with the taboo subject of male suicide, as well as raising some much needed funds. The ride itself was a 185 mile non-stop journey from London to South Wales, which went through the night.

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We recently caught up with Wyatt to ask how the ride went. After leaving London at 3.00pm the first few hours were reasonably straightforward but at 7.00pm the storm that was forecast duly arrived. For the next five hours Wyatt battled torrential rain and gusting winds. ‘The rain was biblical, reducing visibility to almost zero. The rain was so heavy that it was stinging my face, so it was just a matter of keeping my head down and getting on with it’.

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Wyatt has to endure this until midnight, when things did quieten down for a bit. The much feared Severn crossing actually turned out to be the quietest part of the ride, as the rain had stopped and the winds subsided. Wyatt also took a short detour into Swindon to get some hot food and held an impromptu get together with a few hardy fans at 3.00am.

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Morning broke in South Wales and it was then that Wyatt had his toughest period. ‘I hit ‘the wall’ at Newport and whilst it was dry, I had a block headwind all the way to the finish. The terrain also turned quite rolling and as fatigue set in, it became really tough. Though in all honesty it was no more than I expected on a ride like this’.

Wyatt had expected to arrive at Trecco Bay around 8.00am. Due to the awful weather and a couple of detours, he actually arrived at midday, having covered 200 miles.

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Wyatt said ‘ I’ve done enough double century rides before to not be phased by the distance but riding through the night whilst a storm raged was different thing all together but if it was easy then everyone would be doing it’.

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After a couple of hours sleep Wyatt then worked throughout Planet Rock’s weekend festival, finding that the fatigue finally caught up with him after he returned home.

I asked Wyatt about the bike and equipment he used for the ride. ‘If the shoes, helmet and bike were taken back and I were to be asked what I would like to use for the next ride, I’d request the same again. To a degree a helmet is a helmet and the Giant Rev helmet was comfortable throughout. The Giant shoes were excellent and I particularly like the Boa adjustment and the overall fit. The star of the show however was the TCR SL – what a bike! As the rain poured and the wind blew the TCR did not miss a beat. It has a great combination of performance and comfort and in truth I forgot it was my first proper ride on it after only a few miles’. He went on to say that the Oakley Radarlock glasses were also excellent, protecting him as much as possible from the elements. He also paid compliment to the Giant carbon wheels that are standard on the TCR SL – ‘The light weight of the wheels was noticeable at all times and they got up to speed without much effort. Braking was never an issue either, which dispels the old myth about carbon wheels and wet weather. A great performing set of wheels’.

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The original target of the ride was to raise £10,000 but this was quickly achieved. In the days leading up to the ride the total surged past the £20,000 mark and kept climbing as the ride was completed. With continued fund-raising throughout the weekend, the final amount raised was a staggering £41,000! ‘Truly humbling’, said Wyatt. ‘You hope that people will dig deep but the response was overwhelming’. Many donations were achieved from within the music business itself but most of the money came from Planet Rock listeners. ‘The fans were great and being heavy rock fans, we saw loads of donations for £6.66, £21.12, £51.50 and the like - brilliant’.

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Wyatt has plans for more rides in 2016 including a bigger Ride To Rockstock. Behind The Bikeshed and Giant UK will offer continued support to Wyatt as he raises money for good causes.