On 30 July I will be taking part in Prudential RideLondon. Racing 100 miles through the streets of London and taking on some of Surrey’s toughest climbs all in support of LandAid. If being 6ft 8inch tall and 110kg was not challenging enough to complete the 100 miles, I will be riding the route on a folding Brompton bike and to add more difficulty I will do the ride suitably dressed for the occasion in a full suit.
People have often asked in the run "why are you doing this challenge?", "Why would you ride 100 miles on a folding bike?", "Why would you do it in a suit?", "Why not do it on a normal bike?", "Are you not going to be slow and get really hot?". Well the simple reason is I am riding for a charity close to the industry I work in. LandAid is the property industry's charity, working all year round to help make our vision of ending youth homelessness in the UK a reality!
Since taking delivery of the bike a couple of months ago I have been commuting and training on it every day of the week. Over the past few weeks I have even ventured out to Box Hill and Richmond Park in full race attire. Please click on the link for a video of the Box Hill practice www.bit.ly/bromptonboxhillinasuit.
Two weeks ago I was at the Alps on training camp. During this time I had been climbing the hills on the Brompton, which was great preparation for RideLondon. It helped me get some longer rides in the legs which allow me to complete the 100 mile course that starts in the Olympic Park in Stratford and extends all the way down to Leith Hill in Surrey, as well as helping me run into the Mall to finish in front of Buckingham Palace.
The support for my challenge so far from family, friends and the surrounding public has been fantastic. I can only hope that on the day I bring a smile to a few people's faces watching and racing on the route as I fly past on my Brompton in a full suit.
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