Louise Clowes has a passion for extreme sports, and was persuaded to take part in the 24-hour trial by clubmates at Lyme RC. “We decided to try to get a team of three around the national course, cycling loops to cover as many miles as possible during the 24 hours,” said Louise.
“My target in my head was 300 miles, and I started off thinking that anything more than that would be a bonus. In fact I eventually cycled 345 miles.”
But it wasn’t all plain sailing for Louise – the first 200 miles passed without incident, with regular pit-stops. “The third block of cycling was the hardest, riding out at about 2am knowing that pretty much the whole segment would be done in the dark and cold. By 5am, a lack of sleep and proper food meant I started to hallucinate, and I actually fell asleep on my bike and crashed.
“I really thought my time trial was over and went back to my tent hoping for some sleep. But after 45 minutes rest, a bacon sandwich and a cup of tea, which worked wonders, I was back on the bike and completed almost another five hours in the saddle.
“I’m absolutely delighted to have finished the trial and to have achieved such a great distance beating all my targets.”
Louise is a keen triathlete in her spare time, and competes in a wide range of events from sprint distance to the tough Ironman format.
Pic: Louise Clowes in training on the GPM10 Haute Savoie Training Camp