Tim Penny completed the 100-mile ride this weekend after being invited by principle sponsor Continental.
The official Ride for London website describes the event: ‘Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in 2013, Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling. The eighth edition [was held] over the weekend of 15-16 August 2019.’
Tim had a fantastic and enjoyable experience:
“I was invited along by Continental to join their team for the day. I was lucky enough to join them at the Olympic Velodrome before that start of 100-mile ride through London, out to the Surrey Hills and back into London to finish on The Mall.”
The event is run completely on closed roads providing a unique experience for the riders:
“Riding into London down the fast lane of the A12 was great fun and it was great to be able to ride alongside the Thames and through Westminster traffic free.”
Tim didn’t make much of the Surrey ‘hills’:
“Surrey hills are nothing compared to Derbyshire hills! In comparison to riding through the peak district and completing the Grindleford Goat, there were no problems at all.”
With about 20,000 riders taking part things got “quite busy” in places but it was great for Tim to chat with the other riders as he rolled along back into London with a surprising number of spectators cheering them along.
“We were awarded our medals in front of Buckingham Palace before retiring to the Continental enclosure for a well-earned coffee and slice of cake.
I owe a very big thanks to the team at Continental for inviting me along and for doing such a superb job in organising the event.”
Well done Tim!