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2 August

Our Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 team

Prudential riders
(l-r) Paul, Tom, Michele and Chris

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:

Paul Foster

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

Tom Davis 

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

Michele Turkentine

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 

Chris Teates

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