London to Brighton 2019 cycle ride.
On June the 14th 2019, Pat took part in the #LondontoBrighton cycle ride. The ride is 55 miles from Clapham to Brighton, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.
Outside of work, Pat is a keen cyclist, a sport he took up after a health scare when he found himself staring Type 2 Diabetes in the face. In 2017 Pat did his first charity ride, 6 hours and 75 miles to raise awareness and many for DiabetesUK
In 2018, he and three friends decided that a good motivational event would be this iconic bike ride and hopefully raise a few pounds for a great cause.
The team of 4, Team Mr Men and Lass, spent many hours riding and training to be fit enough to ride. Pat completed a couple of other sporting events before, riding 47 miles around Lands End and 47 miles around the North Cornish coast, both charity rides.
The Big Day
“We got up at 3am to get ourselves ready for the 55 mile drive from Brighton to Clapham. An early breakfast of porridge before we set off gives our bodies vital fuel to start the day.
We joined the hundreds already there who were starting at 7.00 am with us. approximately 18,000 people had registered to ride on all kinds of cycles. We were keen and a bit nervous but once we had been waved away, we settled into the ride.
The traditional British weather played its part, starting cold and dry before turning wet, well, very wet and colder still. All you can do is press on and try to keep warm, stopping as little as you can to avoid muscle cramps from the cold.
The group had split into two pairs as we pushed on toward the famous Ditchling Beacon, a steep hill almost a mile long that challenges most cyclists. This is where the training on Cornish roads and hills comes into play and Pat rode the Beacon in a very respectable time. The lashing rain had by now stopped and the ride into Brighton was great with many lining the streets to wave and cheer us back.
Riding across the finishing line was a great feeling. We collected our medals and waited for the second pair. When they crossed the line we did celebrate as it was a good achievement. Team Mr Men and Lass raised over £1300 for the BHF. It was a great event and Pat has signed up for next year, so Team Mr Men will ride again”.
Cycling is a great way to get yourself fit and healthy. It is great for your mental health too as it can give you time on your own to escape what surrounds you for a couple of hours.
Pat is a qualified #BritishCycling Ride Leader and rides with a local cycle club.
“I’m fitter and healthier than I was years ago and having goals and targets helps me focus on things both in work and out of it”.