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On Sunday 29th July the streets of London will once again be filled with 30 thousand cyclists as Ride London – Surrey 100, the classic cycle event that grew from the 2012 Olympics, takes to the road again. This year LAM Action has 4 cyclists taking part.
David Roberts is a civil servant who works for the Welsh Government in Social Research, he decided to ride for LAM Action because he is a friend of Matt Sharples, husband of Sarah Sharples. LAM Action’s Treasurer, who has LAM.
He said: “I’m very excited and really looking forward to it, as it’s definitely one of the events that any cyclist wants to take part in. I can’t wait to see what it’s like to ride on a closed road event through the streets of London and Surrey.”
He added that he was a keen cyclist but had been doing extra miles as part of his training for Ride London.
“I try and cycle to work most days if possible, it’s 25 miles each way so I do rack the miles up quite a bit and I’m averaging nearly 200 miles a week in the summer months,” he said.
“I’m just coming up towards 3,000 for this year and have been doing extra miles to get ready for Ride London trying to fit in the training around a busy family life. I live in north Wales so it’s impossible to go out for any kind of ride without hitting some hills – so I’m hoping that I’ve done enough training to get up the iconic Box Hill climb in a good time!
If you would like to sponsor David please click here.
Frank Murphy, from Kettering, will also be getting up at the crack of dawn on the day of the event.
Frank said: “I’m taking part to raise funds for LAM because my son Seb’s girlfriend, Eleanor, was diagnosed around two years ago at the age of 20 and we, as a family, have seen how courageously she is dealing with the condition.
“This is my very first sponsored event and I am very much looking forward to it. Because I’ve been working in Kuwait, it is difficult to cycle so I have been combining swimming with work on the cross trainer. Now I’m back in the UK I am cycling every other day, slowly increasing the distance.”
Frank is hoping to complete the course in under eight hours, and to raise at least £1,000 for LAM Action,
Frank’s fundraising page can be found here.
Barry Kane is an architect from Downpatrick in Northern Ireland and this is his first Ride London, He’s the cousin of a colleague of another LAM Action committee member, David Mercer and is a keen club cyclist who regularly takes part in events like this.
Barry said “I’m really excited about the event and hope that the training I’ve done around Downpatrick will be good preparation for the Surrey hills. I know that every donation helps a small charity like LAM Action.”
To support Barry’s fundraising please click here.
Jo Pisani is a Management Consultant from Chiswick, London and this will be the fourth time that she has taken part in Ride London, but what sets Jo apart from the other cyclists is that she has been recently diagnosed with LAM.
Jo has already done a few sponsored cycles this year – she took part in the Night Rider event in London after attending the LAM Action annual meeting in Leeds and has also completed the London to Brighton cycle.
If you would like to support Jo’s fundraising please click here.
Good luck to our 4 riders and we wish you a happy and safe ride!