On the 21st of September at 4.30am I set off to Kempton Park Race course London, to join 2500 other Mountain Bike riders on the start line of the 2019 London 2 Brighton Off-road. Ahead of us lay a 70 mile course with approx. 5000ft of hill climbs to conquer before crossing the finish line on Hove Gardens. This is the 3rd year in a row I’ve taken on this challenge and I do it not only to test my own physical endurance but to raise money for a charity that’s very close to my heart THE RNLI. The course was a different route this year so like everybody else I went into it blind not knowing what to expect, and what a course it was. In addition to some ridiculous hill climbs, they factored in some AMAZING downhill descents, drops and single track. All in all the ride took me 7.30 hours to complete which is a new PB for me. ( Something to challenge myself against for next year :) ) Although the weather was hot and sunny this year. ( the complete opposite of last year which was torrential rain and gale force winds) it still came with its own challenges. The Dust on the trail was horrendous making breathing and vision very difficult.
This was the 3rd charity fund raising ride I’ve done this year and as I write this I’m already planning next year’s events.
So far I’ve raised an incredible amount of money but if anyone would like make a donation it would be greatly appreciated.
I’d like to give a special thanks to all those that sponsored me so far. Ben Linfield for driving me to the start line at silly o’clock in the morning and to Andy Wickham for covering my Saturday making the ride possible. Both should have been on days off!