It’s the Prudential RideLondon this weekend and four cyclists are taking part in the London-Surrey 100 in aid of Mid Essex Hospitals Charity.
The 100-mile event is a legacy of the London 2012 Olympics and follows the route made famous during the Games.
Cyclists start from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 5.45am on Saturday morning and proceed through the streets of the capital. The riders then head out into the Surrey countryside to take on the famous Box Hill before heading back into London to finish on The Mall.
Meet the 2019 Mid Essex team:
Job: Team manager - Financial Ombudsman Service
Reason for riding: The chemotherapy ward looked after my dad when he was going through his cancer battle so it felt right to try and give something back
Cycling experience: Have done several events in the past - not normally 100 miles though
Training regime: Has been mixed as have been focusing on ultra events - having successfully completed the Isle of Wight challenge in just under 20 hours, I also completed the tour of Cambridge cycle (67km) and the Brighton bike ride (50km)
Favourite energy-boosting snack: Porridge and breakfast bars
Aims for the day: Enjoy the day, have fun, and make sure I finish ahead of the pace car!
Cycling hero: Sir Chris Hoy. I met him at a work event some years ago
Job: Healthcare assistant – Pain Service
Reason for riding: To raise money for the pain service that helps to provide staff training and new equipment. I love the route that the ride follows and it’s a great challenge!
Cycling experience: I cycle to work every day and have been doing so since joining the Trust three years ago
Training regime: Not much of a training regime to speak of but I do quite a bit of running each week and keep the cycling up to and from work.
Favourite energy-boosting snack: Flapjack - although during last year’s ride I had a sausage roll after 80 miles which I’m sure is not recommended nutrition for this type of activity!
Aims for the day: Complete the ride under six hours, in one piece, with no punctures and to avoid falling into a hedge!
Cycling hero: I started cycling more seriously around the time that Bradley Wiggins was winning the Tour de France and Olympic medals and he seems like a cool guy
Job: Hand trauma coordinator
Reason for riding: Personal challenge
Cycling experience: None
Training regime: Following the training sent to me by Prudential and taking advice from a friend who did it two years ago
Favourite energy-boosting snack: Eat Natural protein bar
Aims for the day: To complete the course
Cycling hero: My trainer
Job: Operating Department Practitioner
Reason for riding: To support my local hospital
Cycling experience: Intermediate
Training regime: I suffered a broken ankle in April and haven’t been able to train like expected
Favourite energy-boosting snack: Banana
Aims for the day: Not to come off my bike in the torrential rain like last year and possibly beat last year’s time!
Cycling hero: Sir Chris Hoy