“I got a call yesterday afternoon from Rivington Cycles of Chorley who told me the carbon fibre frame of my bike had collapsed and was now totally unusable,” said Mark who entered the event to raise cash for Bolton Lads and Girls Club.
“I was devastated,”
Contestants face a gruelling 112 mile cycle ride, a 2.4 mile swim and end the event with a potentially exhausting 26.2 mile marathon run.
“When my bike engineers told me the bad news I asked them to pull out all the stops to get me a replacement. My engineer then drove all the way down to the Derby cycle factory where my road bike was made with all my vital statistics. They promised to work through the night and have the new road back with me tomorrow – just before the start of the event on Sunday.
“I just hope they get it up to me early enough tomorrow to give me a chance of trying it out before we start the Triathlon.”
While he awaits the delivery of his new road bike, he will be cheering on his eight year old son Tom who is taking part in today’s (Saturday) IronKids race.
Late last night Mark discovered the cause of the shattered carbon fibre cycled frame while chatting to his wife Tracey at their Chorley home.
“Tracey told me she may have been responsible for the damaged frame. She had been moving our heavy cycle extension arm, which we use to attach our son’s bike to ours, when it fell onto my road bike.
“She had no idea any damage had been caused until I told her about my Triathlon nightmare.”