A brand new group of 25 amateur London cyclists are cycling 500km in 4 days, and raise £40,000 for charities across the capital. One of the brave riders is Andrew Richmond who has kindly chosen Housing for Women as his charity of choice and hopes to raise in excess of £1,000.
The London Green Cycling Club, which has already received the backing of London Mayor Boris Johnson, will be taking on a dramatic and challenging route including the largest continuous gradient in England as they tackle the Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France at the start of their York to London challenge on Thursday 30 July. The riders will finish by taking on the Prudential Ride London 160 km cyclosportive through London and the Surrey hills on 2nd August. The riders’ combined distance will be the equivalent to riding from London to Mumbai.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘The London Green Cycling Club has set quite a challenge. Having ridden in the Prudential Ride London event a couple of years ago, I know how much of a challenge riding 100 miles is. So cycling 200 miles in the three preceding days as well is pretty heroic. I urge you to support them in any way you can as they are raising money for nearly 20 charities big and small.’
The real challenge though is to raise £40,000 for a series of social and environmental causes hand-picked by each of the riders, in addition to Housing for women this includes charities helping people with mental health issues such as Wandsworth & Westminster Mind and the As You are Centre through to charities working to protect the capital’s wildlife such as London Wildlife Trust.
The chair of the London Green Cycling Club, Wayne Hubbard said: ‘We have been overwhelmed by the support so far for the ride. The response from businesses has been incredible and I would urge other environment businesses in London and beyond to get behind our efforts’
Participating riders are drawn from the Mayor of London’s office; senior policy makers from the Greater London Authority; local councillors; local borough environmental service providers; as well as representatives from national governmental and non-governmental organisations, technology companies and consultancies – all with a shared passion for improving London as a city to live and work in.
Good luck to them all for their mammoth cycle next week!