Charity places available for 100-mile bike ride

Olympic winner Bradley Wiggins
Olympic winner Bradley Wiggins

Cyclists from Wyre and Longridge are invited to take part in a national fund-raiser in aid of the Meningitis Trust.

Organisers want people to enrol as quickly as possible for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 event on August 4.

With public entries to the event now closed, the only way for people to get to take part is with a charity place, and the Meningitis Trust has a number of places available.

The 100-mile challenge is a modified version of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race, which was won by Bradley Wiggins. Perfect for both club and recreational cyclists, the event will involve 20,000 participants and aims to be the largest charity fundraising cycle event in the world.

Taking place just hours before the world’s top cyclists race the RideLondon-Surrey Classic, the event starts at the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on August 4. The route follows the closed roads through the capital, then onto Surrey’s country roads and hills before ending on The Mall in central London.

Becky Jones, event co-ordinator at the Meningitis Trust, said: “We would love you to cycle for the Trust and become part of cycling history. We would advise people to apply for a charity place quickly to avoid disappointment. Alternatively, if you’ve been lucky enough to get a place through the RideLondon-Surrey ballot, we’d love to have you on our team as a volunteer rider.”

Anyone choosing to take up one of the trust’s places needs to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship and pay a £75 registration fee. Those who already have a public place in the race can still ride for the trust if they raise a minimum of £50.

The trust needs to raise £8,000 every day to fund its lifesaving and life-changing services.

“For the many people who have been, and continue to be, affected by meningitis, and those who will sadly be affected in the future, the Trust is a lifeline,” Becky added. “Supporting it at events like this ensures that this lifeline can continue.”

To find out more about joining the RideLondon-Surrey 100 team by taking one of its charity places, or by cycling as a volunteer, visit http://www.meningitis-trust.org/fundraising/events/ride-london/.