Thank you and a massive congratulations to the 35 cyclists who participated on Sunday 4th August, taking on what is known as the world’s greatest festival of cycling; the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey.
Around 25,000 cyclists took part in the event, starting from the Olympic Park in Stratford, as early as 5.45am, with the first riders reaching Hampton Court at around 6.40am. The route then lead the riders 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.
Thousands of spectators took to the roads to cheer on the participants, including CRY Volunteers and staff who were encouraging Team CRY. They supported along the route early in the morning at Piccadilly, Dorking, and Wimbledon and near the finish line down The Mall, in Westminster. CRY’s Chief Executive, Dr Steven Cox, was supporting on the route at Newlands Corner.
Team CRY were congratulated and welcomed back at the meet and greet area in Green Park by CRY staff. Andy Clarke, one of CRY’s longstanding volunteer massage therapists, was there to give a well-deserved massage. CRY riders were given a #CharityHero medal along with some snacks and refreshments. After taking their photos and meeting the family and friends of Team CRY, it was lovely to speak to the team about their experience.
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:
Jenny Boag, Andy Clarke, Krisztina Cserhalmi, Kerry Houlton, Diana Hunt, Pat Jones, Becci & Arthur Robinson, Julien and Rowena Upson.
Finally, thank you to Nākd and Trek Wholefoods for donating post-race refreshments for our riders.
The 35 cyclists in the CRY team were:
Nicholas Brewster; Anthony Britch (in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald); Jamie Stephen Couling (in memory of Emma Broad); Michael Curtin (in memory of Stephanie McLean and James Pettifer); Darsh Dhillon (in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald); Jemima Dhillon (in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald); Dave Doran; Christopher Ellis-Keeler (in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald); Kiley Ganderton (in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald); Charlie Gilbert (in memory of Olivia Woodward); Taylor Hawkins; Alex Hayman (in memory of Jonathon Hayman); Melanie Hill (in memory of Christopher Hill); Timothy Samuel Hodges; Andy Hunt (in memory of Matthew Hadfield); Ben Jacobs (in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald); Alex Joannou (in memory of Alex Townsend); Tom Ledgard (in memory of Kris Ledgard); David John Leigh (in memory of Jonathan Andrew Leigh); Margaret Fisher (in memory of Emma); Amy Mason; Joanne Matthews (in memory of Oliver Griffin); Wendy Matthews (in memory of Oliver Griffin); Nicole McShane; Stuart Paul (in memory of Jenni and David Paul); Neil Philip Quilter (in memory of Charlotte Adams); Anthony Reeve (in memory of James Reeve); Keith Shuttler (in memory of Johnathan Andrew Leigh); Terry Sowle; Jack Storr (in memory of Jonny Leigh); Nicholas John Suggit; Nicola Tait (in memory of Kris Cook); Paul Turnham (in memory of Freya Cox); James Frederick Vevers (in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald); Simon William Vevers (in memory of Anthony Fitzgerald).
CRY has charity places for next year’s RideLondon-Surrey 46 & 100 event. As we celebrate CRY’s 25th anniversary next year, we are hoping to have the biggest team to date. The ballot for the 100-mile event is now open. If you would like to cycle for CRY next year, please complete an interest form or email email@example.com or enter the public ballot below.