'A challenge I entered with more enthusiasm and hope than logic'
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 was a challenge I entered with more enthusiasm and hope than logic. I’m not a cyclist and until a few months ago the furthest I’d cycled was to the shops.
To cycle 100 miles was a challenge that some would consider at the least inadvisable and others (some of my friends included – as they told me afterwards) thought totally ludicrous!
But, two months of training later, at 6.42am on 4 August, in my purple The Children’s Society lycra, there I was on the start line in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Please read my story.
How to join our team next year, and more stories from this year's RideLondon-Surrey 100
Ballots for next year's RideLondon-Surrey 100 open tomorrow (Monday, 12 August). Learn how you can join our team for next year's ride.
Please read stories from this year's race, including:
- 'Go faster, Daddy!', Chris, part of our team of cyclists, wrote about his training
- Our web editor recapped his tweets from this year's ride and his motivation for making the ride
- Our interactive graph to see how long it took 15,000 people to ride 100 miles