Team Aspire joined more than 20,000 amateur cyclists in defying the wind and rain that lashed southern England on Sunday 10th August, to finish the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 in central London – the biggest cycling sportive ever held in the UK.
The day started when a trio of the greatest women cyclists in the world, Laura Trott, Marianne Vos and Dame Sarah Storey, dropped a Union flag to set the riders on their way from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at 06:00 that morning before joining the pedalling throng to negotiate a route shortened by 14 miles to protect cyclists’ safety.
The decision was made in the early hours to cut out the Surrey climbs of Box Hill and Leith Hill and their potentially dangerous descents under conditions of torrential rain and surface water.
Despite the wet conditions, some 20,709 had pedalled beneath the finish gantry on The Mall by 17:00 that afternoon, their faces dripping with a mix of sweat and rain.
Tom Ford, of Aspire Europe, completed the route in under 5h 30 mins and has so far raised over £1,900 for the British Heart Foundation.
For more info on the ride or to make a donation, please visit www.justgiving.com/tomford14