I decided to take part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 because it is simply the best cycle ride in the country. Riding through central London early on a Sunday morning with the roads closed is inspiring, and a unique experience.
I am motivated and inspired by the life stories of those that have been affected by meningitis. You realise that the disease is totally random and can affect anyone. Having met many of these people, including those that have lost children, they are simply amazing.
I trained for the event by going to spinning classes three times a week and cycling at weekends with my wing-man Steve B. I also joined a cycling club for the first time. Finding the time to train can be challenging, however, planning and discipline is the key to overcoming this. Do prepare well for it.
I have taken part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100 before and my highlight was swinging round the corner under Admiralty Arch; hearing the thousands of people cheering you on, including family and friends, gives you a huge surge of energy. For about 20 seconds, you know how it would feel to be a professional rider, and then the lactic acid kicks in!
To help with fundraising, I contacted my wide network of friends and business associates. We also raised money as a group by organising several events at our local gym. We also created a team name and a logo – Meningitis Mile Munchers!
If you’re thinking of taking part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100, I would say simply read one of the many leaflets about the families and children affected by this awful disease. Then sign up to do something that will improve your fitness, while competing in an event that will change your life!