Team RBL (Rebecca, Harriet, Ali and Harriet’s brother Max) set off on Sunday 10th August to compete in the Prudential Ride 100 London Surrey sportive.
Hurricane Bertha also decided to participate in this mass cycling event and so we experienced driving rain and gusty winds for 75% of the distance. It was pretty grim for much of the way. In the end 20,000 amateur cyclists crossed the finish line in the Mall as the sun eventually came out after completing a shorter 86 mile course. No Leith or Box Hill this year!
We lost Ali along the way as he made a pit stop and we failed to reunite. We should have stayed together all the way. Ali crossed the line in 6 hours 31 minutes and the rest of team RBL took 7 hours and 1 minute. But that’s because we spent 15 minutes waiting for Ali! Not bad times given that the whole field had to stop, dismount and walk in Richmond Park and Kingston due to flash floods.
This was an incredible experience, tougher than we had imagined due to the weather but character forming as a result.
Finishing on the Mall, with spectators cheering you on was an emotional moment after months of hard training and huge doses of pre-event anxiety (Rebecca and Harriet).
Team RBL would like to thank all those who have encouraged and supported us along the way: our fellow colleagues for putting up with endless cycling chat, bikes in the studio and smelly training gear, Paul, Fran and the Leamington Athletics and Cycling Club for the expert coaching advice, our families and friends for bucket loads of good will and everyone who has, or is going to sponsor us to raise money for Meningitis Now our chosen charity. The money we have raised will help save lives and rebuild futures for people affected by a devastating and indiscriminate disease.