Do you remember the London 2012 Olympics? Remember watching Wiggo & Co of Team GB in the cycling road race, powering through London, out through Surrey and up and down Box Hill umpteen times?
Well, this event has now become a fixture on the charity fundraising calendar, second only to the London Marathon. Revitalise has had a team in the Ride London (to give it its full name) for the past couple of years and we’re gearing up for this year’s event as we speak.
On Sunday 2 August, Team Revitalise will once again take on this gruelling road race for us. Starting at the QE2 Olympic Park, they will zoom out along the Olympic route, through the City of London then out into country. After taking in the scenic views of the Surrey countryside (if they can!) and facing the most challenging ascent of the route at Leith Hill, the cyclists will then head back into London for the final stage of their journey through Trafalgar Square, before reaching the all important finish line in The Mall. Phew!
The first time we entered a team in Ride London in 2013, one rider’s story really captured our imagination. Just two years previously, Robin Lattaway, was experiencing excruciating pain as a result of two prolapsed discs in his neck. In July 2012, post-surgery, Robin began his long journey on the road to recovery. While waiting for his neck to heal and weighing in at over 16 stone, Robin began following the 2012 Tour de France and Olympic Games.
Inspired by his new role models, Robin purchased a bicycle, his first in over 20 years. In the months that followed he worked hard to rebuild his stamina and lose the post-surgery pounds. Fast forward one year and Robin, five stones lighter, completed the 100-mile Ride London 2013 for Revitalise. This is what he told us:
“Today, just now, I’ve finished the 100 miles on the Olympic circuit with a great bunch of people with loads of support. So, if you want to, all you have to do is make a change for yourself.”
What an incredible story! If it’s inspired you to grab your bike from the shed, brush off the cobwebs and pump up the tyres, then we still have places on Team Revitalise for this year’s Ride London and we need you! Visit our events page for more information and to secure your place – and be Sir Bradley Wiggins for a day!