The 100 Miles of Nowhere (100MoN) is a race without a place. It’s an event in which hundreds of people participate . . . all by ourselves. (Or with a friend. Or with 20 friends.) It’s a very strange thing where you pay an entry fee (dependent on solo, 2-person or 4-person team) for some awesome swag and the privilege of riding an indoor cycle trainer for 100 miles.
The event was first done in 2008 by an American blogger who goes by the name of Fatcyclist (aka Fatty). The original event was a personal challenge for Fatty during his wife’s treatment for cancer. He did the first 100 Miles of Nowhere by himself, on a set of rollers in his garage. Before he knew it his blog followers wanted to join him and do the event, and so it become an annual and international event.
The next year — and every year after that — hundreds of people have done it. The event has since grown and there are participants across the globe. The Fatcyclist edition has an entry field of 500; who sign up and pay/donate to Fatty’s chosen charity. He used the interest in his challenge to raise more funds and awareness for cancer foundations. The idea is to complete a century in the most mundane and mind-numbingly painful way, to match the mind-numbing and painful repetition of chemotherapy and radiation for cancer.
The first SA version of the 100MoN was held in 2011 when a group of 10 crazy-like-minded cyclists decided to undertake the challenge in support of Lauren Varty as she fundraised for The Cows – and thereby CHOC.
The event followed the format riding 100 miles without going anywhere, it included circuits at the beach front (40km), laps around a local school (40km), laps in a 100m cul de sac (40km) and a session on indoor trainers (40km) all completed in one day. The next edition of the event was held in 2015, and was formalised with the support of the Cadence studios and a total of 152 entrants. It was a great success, and we are hoping to build on that success.