Thank you and congratulations to the 61 CRY cyclists who took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 and 100 on Sunday 30th July 2017. 46 cyclists took part in the 100 mile event and 15 cyclists took part in the 46 mile event.
The route, as usual, started from the Olympic Park in Stratford, continued south west to Hampton Court, then down through the Surrey boroughs of Woking and Guildford, before taking on the hill climbs of Mole Valley on the way to the spectacular finish line at The Mall, Westminster.
The CRY RideLondon team wore the CRY branded cycling jerseys during the Ride. These helped to raise awareness for CRY and have proved very popular since they were introduced.
The CRY cyclists were encouraged and supported along the route early in the morning at Piccadilly by Diana Hunt, in Leatherhead by Maria Carter, Jo Pickard and Paddy Wilson, in Wimbledon by Becci Robinson and Julien and Rowena Upson and in Westminster near the finish line by Hanna Barclay, Judith Cromwell, Diana Hunt, Lorraine Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, Lisa Ramsay, Elizabeth Rigney and Sara Sheridan. Marie Fitzgerald and Natasha Hansford were also cheering along the course with family and friends. CRYs Chief Executive, Dr Steven Cox was supporting the cyclists at Newlands Corner and CRY Founder Alison Cox MBE was also cheering along the route.
While the event was under way, Jenny Boag, Lucy Bowyer, Cara MacMillan, Tina MacMillan, Ben Robinson, Sarah Wright and Rebecca Zouvani began to prepare for the cyclists’ return at the Green Park Hilton Hotel with refreshments, banners, balloons, displays of photos and literature, and massage couches.
The cyclists started to arrive at the hotel, bikes in tow, from 11.00am onwards and were welcomed by CRY staff and volunteers. After having their photo taken and being handed a CRY medal, they were offered a massage, shower and some refreshments. The well- earned massage, kindly provided by volunteers Andy Clarke and Andy Tibbott, and the showers, were greatly appreciated by the cyclists. Some of the cyclists who were unable to go to the Hilton Hotel went to meet CRY staff Nicola Taylor, Rosie Peploe and Hiddy Denizer at the designated “Meet and Greet” area in Green Park. As it was a very pleasant and warm afternoon, cyclists were able to enjoy sitting, relaxing and picnicking in the park with their family and friends as well as chatting to other cyclists about their experience and planning their route home.
It was wonderful to meet so many of the CRY team – 42 of the 61 cyclists came to meet us at Green Park and/or the Hilton Hotel.
The 61 cyclists in the CRY team were:
Sean Adams in memory of Ben Rendall, Simon Balmford in memory of Rupert Spurling, Paul Barnes in memory of Jemima Wilson, Samuel Bell in memory of Ian Hoggarth, James Berryman, Nicholas Blomfield in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald, Amy Boswell in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald, Kieran Bristow in memory of Isabelle Tudisca, Russell Clarke in memory of John Ibbotson, Grahame Coleman in memory of Adam Green, Luke Downing in memory of Kris Cook, Sam Downs, Caron and Rob Dubery, Freddie Edwards in memory of Matthew Cragg, Christopher Ellis-Keeler in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald, Niall Gallagher, Kiley Ganderton in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald, Louise Glysen in memory of Charlie Van Der Craig, Christine Goodair in memory of James McGowan, Dan Gooding in memory of Harry Dubois, Nick Grogan, Zoe Hallett, Michael Harvey in memory of Jannik Lam, James Heal, Martin Holmes in memory of Charlie Van Der Craig, Andy Hunt in memory of Matt Hadfield, Ben Jacobs in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald, Antony Jaycocks in memory of James Phillips, Laura Jennings in memory of Amy Osborne, Libby Jones, Wai Lee, James Leeming, Stuart Liddle, Callum Little, James Massey in memory of Ben Rendall, Alison Mayger in memory of Claire Mayger, Carol McAlister, Laura McCartney, Daniel Mcquillan in memory of Ben Rendall, Barry Mott, John Obrien in memory of Jemima Wilson, Stewart Page in memory of Isabelle Tudisca, Julie Parker in memory of Charlie Van De Craig, Alexander Parsons-Mills in memory of Robert Worboys, Kayleigh Phelan-Smith in memory of Kris Cook, Dale Platts in memory of James Murgatroyd, Edyta Protasiewicz, Susanna Riviere in memory of James McGowan, Michael Roderick in memory of Jemima Wilson, Michelle Sidwell, Steven Thompson, Matt Truswell in memory of James Murgatroyd, Hannah Tweedle, Andrej Vaughan in memory of Simon Pangborn, Simon Vevers in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald, Alex Veys in memory of Jemima Wilson, Claire Wadey in memory of Alex Hubbard, Mark Walker, Victor Watson and Rob Williams in memory of Charlie Van Der Craig.
We are so very grateful to all of our cyclists for taking on this challenge and for choosing to do so for CRY.
We would like to say a big thank you to the CRY volunteers:
Hanna Barclay, Jenny Boag, Lucy Bowyer, Andy Clarke, Judith Cromwell, Marie Fitzgerald, Natasha Hansford, Diana Hunt, Lorraine Kennedy, Megan Kennedy, Tina MacMillan, Jo Pickard, Lisa Ramsay, Elizabeth Rigney, Becci Robinson, Sara Sheridan, Andy Tibbott, Julien and Rowena Upson and Sarah Wright for making the day a great success.
Thank you also to the Hilton, Green Park Hotel for hosting our post-event reception and for making CRY feel very welcome, as always. All the photos from this year’s event can be viewed on our Flickr account.
CRY have charity places for next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey event. The ballot will open on Monday 7th August 2017 and will close on Friday 5th January 2018 or until 80,000 entries have been received, whichever is sooner, and the event will take place on Sunday 29th July. To enter the public ballot, please click here.