What is looking to be one of the hottest weeks this year, cycling 100 miles is the last thing on most people’s minds. But not for these four, who on Sunday who will take on Prudential RideLondon.
A 100 mile course that will see 25,000 amateur cyclists take on a cycling challenge like no other through London and Surrey on a similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will start in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, then travel through the capital and onto Surrey’s stunning country roads and through the Surrey Hills before a spectacular finish on The Mall in central London.
As well as an opportunity to take on a personal challenge in completing the ride, participants’ involvement will benefit good causes with thousands riding for charity. A record-breaking £12 million+ was raised for charity in 2016 bringing the total raised by riders since 2013 to more than £53 million.
In the recent heatwave these riders have been training hard in preparation for Sunday. They’ve told us why they want to take on this challenge in aid of Racing Welfare and how you can support them below.
Richard Perham and Jonathan Morgan
Richard Perham and Jonny Morgan (who has a saddle on his bike but has never ridden a horse) are going all out to Ride London 100, so on 29th July 2018 we aim to cycle 100 miles in a day. We have chosen to ride for Racing Welfare and are looking for your support. The fact is we both love cycling so 100 miles in a day will be fun, but more than that, I have spent my life in racing as a professional jockey and now as a jockey coach at the British Racing School and if I can put a little effort into this and ask you for money to help us help all of those in need within racing I will be thrilled to do so. Jonny and I have started training and now it’s over to everyone to support us in our quest to raise as much as possible. Thanks you all for your support, and please give as little or as much as you can. Richard & Jonny.
I’ve been a lifelong racing fan and have been lucky enough to make my living talking and writing about horses, racing and betting for many years. Working as a presenter on At The Races I see time and time again that Racing is full of people who show enormous dedication to their horses and to the sport. It’s a pleasure to be able to raise funds and awareness for the work that Racing Welfare does to support those people.
Ross works as an Assistant Trainer at Julia Feildens, after a summer riding out whilst he finds a proper job, has now turned into years and they still can’t rid of him.
He can usually be found in a saddle, whether it be on a horse or bicycle and for that very reason Ross has taken on the challenge of riding on behalf of Racing Welfare who have helped to support his colleagues as well as being roped in by fellow team member Richard Perham.
Good luck to our rider this weekend and we will be there to cheer you on!