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Events


RideLondon-Surrey 100

Start date - 29/07/2018 - 6:00 AM
End date - 29/07/2018 - 5:00 PM
Location - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stratford, London, E20 2ST
Event Type - Cycling
 
Rob Harris took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 to support Wakefield Hospice in memory of his mother-in-law.  Here is his review of the day.

‘Today was totally amazing; a few hours on from finishing and I am still buzzing with excitement!

Up at 3.45am to get off to the QE Stadium for 5am (after force feeding porridge, bananas, nuts and water down for breakfast - not easy at that time!)

At 6.07 I was in the third starting block, of many more to follow, and we set off in groups of about 500. 26,000 riders would be off over the following 3 hours!! There were so many charity riders wearing their respective cycle jerseys for the charities meaning so much to them.  I was proudly wearing my Wakefield Hospice jersey, thanks again for getting that for me.

Nervous tension soon passed once pedalling and we were off at a blistering pace which continued all the way into Surrey. At about the 50 mile mark I was averaging 25mph which is a phenomenal average speed! Things slowed a little as we hit Leith Hill which is the steepest and nastiest hill of the day followed by Box Hill which is more long than steep.

After a speedy ride over 100 miles I crossed the finish line in a time of 4 hours 22 minutes which is an average speed of a little under 23 mph which I am ecstatic about! A great result after just 6 months training, having been off the bike since late 2013. My family came to London to support me and were there on the finish line to cheer me on.

After the event I was lucky enough to meet Dave Brailsford (Director of British Cycling and Team Sky) and Chris Froome (recently crowned 3rd time winner of Tour de France) as they prepared for the Ride London Classic Pro Race. Both signed my finishers’ medal which is a big WOW!!

A wonderful event to take part in and at the time of writing I have raised just short of £1,000 (including Gift Aid) which is amazing. I am very grateful to all who sponsored me and they know this will help the Hospice so much.’

Thank you Rob for your amazing support and congratulations from all at Wakefield Hospice.

Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will see 20,000 amateur cyclists take on a cycling challenge like no other through London and Surrey on a similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races.

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and then travel through the capital and onto Surrey’s stunning country roads and hills before finishing back in the capital on The Mall.

Wakefield Hospice has a limited number of bond places for Ride London 2018, there is no registration fee, all we ask is that cyclists aim to raise £350 minimum sponsorship.
 

Each cyclist taking a Wakefield Hospice place in Ride London will receive this custom made limited edition cycle jersey to wear for the ride.



If you are interested in applying for one of our RideLondon places please contact Keeley Harrison on 01924 331402 or email keeley.harrison@wakefieldhospice.co.uk.