Satmap Active 12 – Tour De Force Cycling Event 2014

Satmap’s Managing Director, Howard Dyson, successfully completed the Tour De Force route with his Active 12 leading the way.

The task was to ride every stage of the 2014 Tour de France – just one week ahead of the Pros; all 2,250 miles and 160,00 feet of climbing. After 21 days of riding (167 hours), at an average speed of 13.7mph, the challenge was completed.

Whilst the route signage was outstanding, the Active 12 was still invaluable on the very odd occasion that some signs were removed, but especially on the amazing and very long descents from the high Cols. The “track-up” feature allowed a really good preview of tricky corners and upcoming straight sections allowing for a bit more speed, but safely.

The event itself was called the “Tour de Force” (, and was organised by the William Wates Memorial Trust. 170 riders have managed to raise a record breaking £450,000, thus far, for immensely worthwhile projects. Some riders did the whole course “The Lifers”, whilst other, more sane individuals, did 2-5 day “Tour Tasters”.

Howard’s words of encouragement to anyone considering such a mammoth adventure are “If you fancy a real challenge, for a really good cause, this is one of those “One Life: Live It” events! The Active 12 & mascot enjoyed it as well.”

Has your Active 12 been anywhere interesting? Get in touch and let us know! We’d love to hear about your adventures and see your photos – post them to our Facebook page for everyone to see or Tweet them to us on Twitter!

“Team Redhill & the Wallace motivator” Howard Dyson, far left

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