Ride London 2018 Prudential 100

On Sunday the 29th July 2018, at 8am in the morning, I took part in this epic race. I was raising money for Children with Cancer UK which is a very worthwhile charity.

After weeks and weeks of glorious hot, sunny weather, the heavens decided to open and made it a very wet and windy day, though this did not spoil the occasion. The first riders got under way at 5.45am but my group started at 8am. It took me 7 and a half hours!!

I made some friends en-route. Just like running people, cyclists are very friendly and encouraging. Approximately 30,000 cyclists took part and descended on the streets of Surrey and London for the sixth year of the RideLondon event. This is a three-day event consisting of the Surrey 100, the Surrey 46 and the Surrey Classic. I did the Surrey 100 which is a 100 mile trip round London and Surrey.

The route sets off from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, past west London and through Richmond Park, into Kingston before entering Surrey at Molesey and Walton.

Cyclists then head south through Ripley, past Newlands Corner towards Holmbury St Mary before tackling the biggest ascent on the route at Leith Hill.

You then descend towards Dorking towards the world-famous zig-zags of Box Hill before heading north through Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher and finally back into the capital.

I felt like crying as I cycled down the Mall with Buckingham Palace in front of me. Such was the atmosphere and perfect location. I was very grateful to all the spectators who cheered me on.

I finished the ride at about 3.30pm, very tired, wet but extremely proud to have taken part and completed the course. My longest ride ever.

That’s one thing crossed off my bucket list, the next one being ‘The London Marathon’, wish me luck getting in.

Report by Gayle Gunner