SCIENTISTS at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) gave specialist advice to a team of charity bike riders who visited the sports and exercise laboratories on Tuesday 5th May. The inaugural ‘Fire Ride’, which will be completed by a team of Wales’ Fire and Rescue Service personnel, will cover 1350 miles and stretch across the Welsh landscape to link up all 152 Welsh Fire Stations. The event is planned to last two weeks from 22nd May – 4th June.
All Service personnel are welcome to participate in the Fire Ride, with hundreds anticipated to show their support and join in for sections of the route. There are rides for extreme sports and endurance enthusiasts, as well as sections for casual participants joining for the fun, the atmosphere, and to help a good cause. Meanwhile, the core team of Service personnel who will be completing the full 1350 miles have visited IBERS for advice.
The scientists at IBERS assessed each member of the core Fire Ride team. Dual X-ray absorptiometry was used to assess body composition, and each member had their aerobic capacity measured. This helped the scientists to give advice on how to best prepare for the event; on energy and fluid replacement strategies; and on individual pacing and recovery advice.
Iwan Cray, County Commander for Ceredigion & Carmarthenshire, said: “The support we have received from Dr Rhys Thatcher and his team at IBERS has been exceptional. It has been great to see the sector leading, knowledge and understanding of sports science being applied to the core riders of the Fire Ride Team. This assistance and direction from Aberystwyth University will undoubtedly put the riders in good stead for the challenge that lies ahead.”
It is hoped that the Fire Ride will raise £15,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity and Wales Air Ambulance. Anyone wishing to donate to the Fire Ride appeal can find the JustGiving page with the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/fireride2015