There was no cycling for me yesterday, instead football coaching to my sons under 11 side, out in the wind and cold. Snow was forecast so I wanted to get home before it landed and caused traffic chaos (as happened this morning).
I knew that the ballot had been made for Ride London and had already received a message from one friend to say she had sadly not been given a place. My post was there on the door mat waiting for me and I am delighted to say that I have got a place in Ride London through the ballot.
This was my first entry into the ballot so I know there are a lot of disappointed people out there who have not been given a place, not for the first time of trying either. So after the elation of being given a place comes the reality of what I am letting myself in for. The route is a traffic-free 100 miles (160km) and suitable for a range of cycling abilities (provided you can cycle 100 miles)!
Before then I have the Etape Loch Ness and London to Paris cycle challenge to complete so that should form part of the perfect training regime for me.
For anyone that does have a place in Ride London, best of luck with your training!
Because I now have a ballot place, I no longer need my Macmillan golden bond place so that can be given to a rider unlucky in the ballot. I no longer have any obligation to raise the minimum fundraising amount of £750 but my target for the year is £2,500 across my 5 events for Macmillan, so this is covered in any event. Still, as part of the Macmillan team I will get a complementary post-event massage and food and drinks reception at the BAFTA building, Piccadilly!
Why am I riding for Macmillan?
There is a looming crisis facing cancer care. By the end of 2020, almost one in two of us will face cancer sometime during our lives. Now, more than ever, Macmillan need help to make sure no one faces cancer alone.
So far I have raised 29% of my target, that’s £745 so I still have a long way to go.
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Thank you and wish me luck!