The kindness of strangers never fails to impress me. I was contacted by a regular reader and blog commentator during the America’s Cup who made me aware of a terrific initiative that is not only an awful lot of fun but is raising much needed money for charity. Now, more than ever before, the need is great. Covid has taken a massive toll on people all around the world and it’s on us all to do what we can, when we can, if we can.
Rule69blog is supporting the marine industry as much as possible with free advertising across the website forever for everyone and we are more than happy to support sailors who are giving back and trying their hardest. This is one such event that the sailing community should know about and support. Read on…
The 6pointschallenges was dreamt up by Bryan Visser, former Secretary of Sailing at the Royal Cape Yacht Club and as he says: “I wanted to create a small cycling event for my friends who live in Mallorca. We wanted to treat it like a stage race but without the racing, starting and ending at different points each day rather than returning to the same hotel each night…and as part of the event we wanted to support local charities.” Not only did he have the gumption to do it, Bryan has created a brand event that has blossomed with the support of the local Deputy Mayor for Sport in the District of Calvia and a host of sponsors. It’s now a must-do challenge series on multiple islands – Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza – and a lot of fun.
I spoke to Bryan today, just after he had completed a 60km ‘spin’ and came away with the impression that there are really good people in the world doing the right things. The events that he has run over the past four years have raised over €85,000 for charities including ASDICA that supports children and families with disabilities, Yachting Gives Back and ‘Supporting Covid Relief’ – a local initiative helping people who have literally no income due to the pandemic decimating tourism in the Balearics.
Bryan’s Menorca event is a three day lap of the island, visiting roads and climbs that aren’t on the traditional routes of other events and he’s attracted participants from as far away as North America and Australia. Last year, Covid was doing its absolute best to try and ruin the initiative but not to be outdone by the virus, not only did they manage to get an event away (the only sports event on the Island last summer) but Bryan started a Zwift ride and lo and behold over 12,000 rides have been completed. Covid be damned.
This year however there are two actual events – the Menorca one on the 21st – 23rd May and another in Mallorca from the 1st – 3rd October – and Rule69blog will be covering them. If you can’t get there yourself in person then do please consider sponsoring from afar. The LINK IS HERE
And the rumour of a very, very famous ex-Formula One World Champion joining the ride are correct, travel permitting, so if you can get to the Island yourself and fancy cycling in unbelievable landscape on butter-smooth roads then go to the event website below and grab your place. Numbers are limited to 75 so don’t delay.
I’m hoping to sneak out for the October ride myself and as Bryan says: “It’s friendship, camaraderie, nice coffee, great dinners and a no-drop policy. What’s not to love?”
See you there. Wouldn’t it be great if a few AC Team members signed up…?