Jessica Bates BSc and Edward Bagnall FRICS, colleagues at Tayler and Fletcher estate agents in Stow-on-the-Wold took part in the Ride London 100 mile sportive on Sunday 31st July and in doing so raised over £5,000 for their nominated charities.
Setting off bright and early from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park the route took them through the streets of London, Richmond Park and on to the lanes of rural Surrey. The first test came at Newlands Corner after 45 miles. The major ascent of Leith Hill was at mile 56, followed by Box Hill at mile 72. It was then into the commuter belt of Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher and eventually on to the outskirts of London via Kingston and a final testing climb into Wimbledon village. With a further 8 miles it was then into Putney crossing the Thames, along the Embankment through Trafalgar Square and along the Mall to the finish line.
Sadly the event was marred by a number of accidents which caused inevitable delays to the cyclists but nevertheless very creditable times were posted by both riders.
Jessica commented This was my first opportunity to take part in Ride London and I was delighted to Ride for Bone Cancer Research Trust in memory of a school friend, Claudia. It was a very memorable day for so many reasons the support and enthusiasm of the crowds on the streets as well as the support of friends and family towards BCRT
Edward who had taken part in the three previous Ride London 100 sportives and who was riding for Bloodwise, the Leukaemia and Lymphoma charity commented once again this was an unforgettable day. With the cycle to the start, the delays during the 100 miles and the cycle through the London traffic back to the hotel I estimated approximately 10 hours in the saddle not always considered to be the most comfortable of seats ! However, it was another rewarding day both from the achievement of completing the course and also for the two charities which we are delighted about
Matthew Harvey MRICS, a partner of Tayler and Fletcher commented congratulations to Jess and Edward on their achievements. I was delighted that they were able to raise such fantastic sums for two such worthwhile charities