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Red lights don’t stop Ghiorse, banana bread & pizza nearly did!

November 15th, 2011 | Tags: Cycling BSAFE Chris Ghiorse fundraising ride
Ghiorse duly completed a 141 lap, 24 hour, 500k fundraising ride, but not without a little help from his friends and despite some banana bread.
Within a couple hours of finishing his epic roundabout to roundabout ride, Ghiorse took to the saddle to show the Kids some Mountain Bike riding tips.
Within a couple hours of finishing his epic roundabout to roundabout ride, Ghiorse took to the saddle to show the Kids some Mountain Bike riding tips.
Camp Chris gradully filled with supporters and volunteers during the ride and was definitely the place to follow his exploits from.
Camp Chris gradully filled with supporters and volunteers during the ride and was definitely the place to follow his exploits from.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – In just over 23 nonstop hours, cyclist and director of BSAFE, Chris Ghiorse, rode 507.88 kilometres in a fundraising effort, the like of which has never been seen before in the Virgin Islands, to ensure he can keep providing free cycling lessons to primary school students across the Territory.

Although the final amount of money raised is still being calculated, a total of twelve riders, including Ghiorse, covered 2,701.5 km in 24 hours - 750 laps - and as at 3 p.m., Monday November 14, the total stood at $23,610.39.

The successful completion of his ride has ensured that at least he will be able to expand the programme to include other schools outside of Althea Scatliffe Primary where he has currently been holding lessons.

“The ambitious target ($50k) was what I needed; I’m looking forward to the final tally. I will be able to continue the programme. I have been running a lunch session at Althea Scatliffe Primary School. At the start of the New Year I will be able to see some additional things with class 4 and also class 3. From there I will work out how to get to the other public schools.”

The ride was not without problems and Ghiorse needed all the support and volunteers who turned out. “We had to go 5km/hour- if it hadn’t been for Gareth Thomas and Andrew Thompson who came on duty at midnight I wouldn’t have made it. I don’t mind telling everyone you should never eat banana bread and then pizza, I was ill for about 5 hours and couldn’t eat! If it hadn’t been for all the guys keeping me going I would never have finished.”

Apart from the dietary issues which also affected some of the support riders, there were no other major problems. Two motor cycle Police also joined in with Ghiorse’s ride making the last few hours much easier and allowing him to pass through the “red” lights without stopping.

Ghiorse ended up doing 141 laps of the course from Bobby’s roundabout to the Port Purcell Roundabout.

A very relieved Ghiorse was keeping “mum” on his next fundraising plans, but has already had thoughts on how to top the BSAFE 24 Hour Ride.“My wife would kill me if I let people know, but I will be doing a lot of different things. I just love to see kids involved in sports, so once this has settled we will see!” With that, Ghiorse climbed onboard a Mountain Bike and headed off with a group of children and some adults on a short “fun” ride around Road Town!

5 Responses to “Red lights don’t stop Ghiorse, banana bread & pizza nearly did! ”

  • Jack (15/11/2011, 10:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good ride good effort by all
  • yes we can (15/11/2011, 11:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    go chris..you are the man!
  • Macnamara (15/11/2011, 16:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well done, Chris and all your support riders! It was great to see you through the day and night riding the highway. Hope the new Government realise what you have done and match the funds!!! That's why we voted them in to help young people.
  • Bvi man (15/11/2011, 21:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's hope the new Minister of education supports this program, maybe he will pay out what the previous minister promised and failed to deliver! Chris is all about the kids!
  • Pago (18/09/2015, 23:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good to see your chugging away old man! Thought I would google your name and see what pops up and you sure did.


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