The fourth annual 24 Hour Trainer Challenge was held Saturday in Colorado Springs.
The challenge consisted of nine people riding solo and six teams with members taking turns riding stationary bicycles from 11 a.m. Saturday to 11 a.m. Sunday.
It wasn’t just a ride in the park. The ride virtually simulated the hills and ups and downs of the course.
While the cyclists’ legs and lungs were doing the work, they were also raising money for local nonprofit Kids on Bikes, which brings bicycles and safety equipment to children who otherwise wouldn’t have access.
“Think of a telethon or some of those others,” executive director Daniel Byrd said. “You’ve got to push the envelope just a little bit, think outside the box, and just say ‘well, what if we did a full 24 hours, but doing what we all love,’ and integrating that passion that we all have for the bike. why not do it for 24 hours, have some fun with it. When it’s just a little bit crazy enough, people say, ‘oh wow, yeah, I should throw some support their way.'”
The goal was to raise $20,000, which will go toward four new programs in neighborhoods, breaking down barriers to bicycles.