Knights of Sufferlandria

The first tri-club member to be knighted?
Myself and a friend took part in a challenge run by cycle training video producer, The Sufferfest, last Saturday.
"There are those who know how to suffer. And there are those who do not know how not to suffer.

There are those who look pain in the face and laugh. There are those who can’t look pain in the face because pain is too scared to look up from the pounding it’s getting.

Yes, there are Sufferlandrians. And then there are Knights of Sufferlandria.

To become a Knight of Sufferlandria, the highest honor accorded by the Sufferlandrian Ministry of Madness, one must simply do 10 Sufferfest videos, back-to-back. And there you have it: you’re a Knight."


This was a foolish idea from the start. Firstly, please don't ask me why we did it, all I can say is we thought it would get in some of the base winter mileage we have steadfastly failed at on a REAL bike. We tried to make the experience bearable by baking up some treats for our 10 minute rests between videos. The mood was chipper at 6am when we started, and buoyed by a visit from fellow club member Chris Rigg at around 9am to sit in on one session. However by mid afternoon the conversation had dried up and it was pure mindless grinding on the pedals. Why hadn't it occurred to me in advance how different this would be from a REAL ride in that there would be absolutely no coasting or downhills?! We'd also assumed we'd be feeling more positive once we passed the half way marker of 5 videos but that only hammered home just how far was to go. There was a bleak couple of hours where all I wanted to do was stop turning the legs, when having a ride buddy to talk it through was an absolute necessity. Somehow the last video came around and whilst the sun outside was setting, the inside of my garage seemed remarkably sunny with the end of the challenge being in sight. It was a bit odd finishing such a tough challenge with only a virtual finish line and not even one spectator to clap you in but we're both hoping the reward of the Sufferfest "Knight of Sufferlandria" bike decal in some way persuades us this was a good idea in the first place.Inline image 3

Will Wright