And we would ride 100 miles…for Jewish Care04 Aug 2019
We’ve been cycling to get fit whilst being sociable with a couple friends for the past four years. Last year, we signed up for a 100 mile ride but it was cancelled due to heavy rain and winds so we started planning what to do in 2019 instead.
Riding through London, enjoying the quiet the roads on what has now become our traditional Christmas Day ride, we decided that we should try to get places on the Prudential Ride London 100 because it’s on closed roads partly through Central London. For anyone who’s never cycled in Central London on Christmas Day, there’s a lovely atmosphere, as everyone you meet is friendly and wishing each other Merry Christmas. It’s nice to see London in a very different mood from any other time of the year. We would recommend it, but we don’t want it to get too crowded.
Before signing for Ride 100, we started training in January and February, weather permitting, which for us meant above freezing. In February, we were looking for places for the Ride and one of the three of us who cycle together got a place in the ballot, but two of us didn’t, so we started investigating how we could get a place.
Happily, we discovered that Jewish Care had charity places and the events team were really helpful with getting us signed up, so that part became pretty easy. We were pleased to be able to fundraise for Jewish Care because we know what great work the organisation does and we also know that cuts to social and health care mean the charity needs to do even more to help support older people in our community.
We increased our regular 40 miles rides to 50 mile rides through the Spring and then upped our training to 60 and 70 miles on the weekend. I also swapped my weekday running sessions to cycling for an hour a couple of times a week which has meant a lot of very early mornings for us and support from our families, knowing we wouldn’t be around much one weekend morning.
Fredrik’s company activity challenge month in May, saw him cycle from Barnet to Oxford one morning, leaving home at 5:30am to arrive for at a 10am meeting. That was 60 miles, a good challenge and extra long ride to help with the training. Another fun training ride we both did was around the Isle of Wight. It was 60 miles with fantastic views and great hill training.
We’re both feeling good about the Ride after all the training we’ve put in and the weather looks good. We’ll be riding in one of the UK’s biggest cycle events with a fantastic route, taking in iconic Box Hill which was part of the Olympic road cycle race and the sites of London with over 100,000 riders participating across the whole weekend in different Ride London events. For both of us it will be the longest and hardest ride - a real challenge for us to set ourselves.