Remember watching Team GB in the cycling road race at the London 2012 Olympics, powering around London and Surrey? What a sight!
Well thank goodness they’ve turned the event into a fixture on the charity calendar too. The Ride London-Surrey 100 (to give it its full name) provides a rare opportunity for non-pro cyclists like you and me to grab our old bikes from the shed, brush off the cobwebs, pump up the tyres and pretend to be Chris Froome for a day.
And yesterday, the 41 brave riders of Team Revitalise did precisely that. Starting at the QE2 Olympic Park, they whizzed out along closed roads, following the Olympic route, through the City of London then out into the country.
After taking in the scenic views of the Surrey countryside and facing the daunting challenge of Leith Hill, the cyclists then headed back into London for the final stage of their journey through Trafalgar Square, before reaching the finish line in The Mall. I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted just writing this!
Many of them kindly came to see us at our post-race picnic in Hyde Park. Over well-deserved refreshments and nibbles they told us their stories and posed for pictures with their winners’ medals.
I’m sure you will all join me in saying thank you and congratulations to the cycling heroes of Team Revitalise – maybe we’ll see you all again next year?
If the story of our brave cyclists has inspired you to take on a fundraising challenge for Revitalise, visit our events page for information and inspiration.