Training for Coast2Coast in the virtual world

IT Technical Services Manager, Chris Roberts, from Aspire Housing, talks about his training routine as he fundraises for the Coast2Coast cycling challenge in June.

An avid supporter of Realise charity, Chris has worked for we are aspire for over 30 years, starting as a trainee at PM Training and building his career as an IT Project Manager. Over the years, he’s seen the impact Realise has made to people in local communities.

Chris said: “I’ve always supported where I can and made donations. I’ve seen the difference the charity makes so I’m delighted to be involved in the Coast2Coast challenge.”

Chris is taking on the challenge in June as part of a 10-cyclist team riding from Whitehaven to Tynemouth over three days. A total of 140 miles will be cycled across the UK’s most popular cycle route.

Using technology to train

As someone who works in IT, it is no surprise that the latest technology is being used by Chris to boost his training routine. Chris uses a popular riding app, Zwift, through a set-up at his home where he can race with other cyclists from across the world.

Zwift is a multiplayer online cycling app that allows users to interact, train and compete in a virtual world. As well as competing against other riders in Zwift races, Chris can take part in training sessions and workouts designed by professional coaches.

Chris said: “As the app is so popular, I love the fact you can be racing and suddenly an Olympian cyclist will go past you. I enjoy the competitiveness and it gives me a great motivation to catch them up.”

Chris is supporting the other 10- riders in fundraising £10,000 for Realise charity. The team will embark on the 3-day, 140-mile journey from Whitehaven on 5th June and finished in Tynemouth on 8th June.

Chris continued: “The Coast2Coast route has a lot of inclines so I’ve set my training route to be quite similar allowing me to build up my fitness and endurance ready for June. I’ve got a few training runs and cycle races booked in as well, so I can’t wait to meet up with the team on a few practice rides.”

If you’d like to get involved and support Chris and the Coast2Coast team, you can find out more and donate below.