Long ride all in a day’s work

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EVER won­dered how much train­ing you could fit in if work didn’t get in the way?

Tour de Of­fice com­bined work and play last week when Aus­mar Homes es­ti­ma­tor Dave Schloss and Mul­ti­sport Mecca edi­tor Grant Ed­wards spent the day at their desks – but rid­ing sta­tion­ary bikes in the process.

Af­ter seven hours in the sad­dle, they amassed more than 160km. The tally was mon­i­tored by a Wa­hoo Fit­ness app synced to a Wa­hoo Kickr Snap trainer.

“The aim of the day was to sim­ply roll things over and work in the process,” Grant Ed­wards said.

“Av­er­ag­ing 91 watts meant the leg fa­tigue never re­ally set it, the great­est chal­lenge was find­ing a com­fort­able po­si­tion. Sit­ting up­right means you can’t get your nor­mal sit bone po­si­tion, which meant a numb bum for most of the day and things cer­tainly got chal­leng­ing through the af­ter­noon even though we double-kicked early in the day.

“It’s prob­a­bly some­thing you could han­dle on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for a few hours, but we wouldn’t rec­om­mend it be­come part of the usual train­ing regime.”

Tour de Of­fice was started in 2011 and aims to raise aware­ness about the health risks of­fice work­ers face by sit­ting for pro­longed pe­ri­ods of time. Re­search shows that sit­ting for more than four hours per day greatly in­creases your risk of chronic dis­ease.

Two Sun­coast Fit­ness spin bikes were also set up next to David and Grant at the Sun­shine Coast Daily of­fice, were they were joined by rid­ers through­out the day for 30-minute stints.

Ex­pe­ri­enced RPM coach and in­struc­tor at Sun­coast Fit­ness Dal­las Black­law (pic­tured left) also dropped in for a spin.

“Sur­pris­ingly the day sparked a fair bit of in­ter­est from peo­ple keen to have a crack next year,” Grant said.

“Aus­mar di­rec­tor Tony Bryan was away as part of his rac­ing com­mit­ments in Canada and he’s al­ready keen to make it an an­nual event.”

Dave backed up to race at the week­end, win­ning the mixed di­vi­sion of both the 15-hour and 24-hour events at the Dodge the Di­vide Ro­gaine with Kim Beck­in­sale.

David Schloss and Grant Ed­wards un­der­take Tour de Of­fice. Top left, the data from the day show­ing 160km in seven hours.

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