This weekend, thousands of cyclists will take to London’s roads to take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event. Across Saturday and Sunday, there will be everything from stilt bicycles, Penny Farthings, stagecoaches and rickshaws, to elite races including double Olympic gold medalist Laura Trott to youth races showcasing the Olympic cyclists of the future, all taking place around a 10-mile traffic-free route in central London.
On Sunday 24,000 cyclists will be setting off from the QEOP to ride 100 miles to Surrey on a modified Olympic route before returning to London and a dash up The Mall. One such person who will be participating in the event is Harry Cooper who will be cycling to fundraise for The Breast Cancer Campaign. Harry tells us “I am taking part in the 100 mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 cycle to raise money in memory of Carol, a good friend for 40 years who tragically died last year of breast cancer. Too many of my other female friends have also suffered from breast cancer and other forms of cancer while still far too young.”
The Breast Cancer Campaign made up of scientists, supporters and people affected by breast cancer. The charity funds world-class breast cancer research projects in the UK and Ireland. They point out that every year 50,000 women are diagnosed, 12,000 die, and millions of us live with breast cancer’s long-term impact and that the disease on the increase. However, thanks to charities like The Breast Cancer Campaign, the quest to overcome breast cancer has gone from strength to strength, and more women are surviving than ever before.
Harry took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event last year and says that “taking part in a mass cycle on closed roads in the company of 16,000 other cyclists was an amazing experience .. and there was a real buzz on speeding through the last few miles in London and up The Mall.” When asked what tips he would give fellow fundraisers, Harry says that he would recommend “starting early and using business/professional contacts in addition to friends and family.” He also points out that having a charity that everyone can identify with makes a difference to your fundraising total which he has noticed himself while fundraising for The Beast Cancer Campaign – “We all unfortunately know people with cancer.”
You can support Harry via his Virgin Money Giving page.