Brathay 262 Rider
Until late in 2018 you’d struggle to find me in a sporting environment that wasn’t a cricket ground. With my enjoyment on the wane, I dusted off my bike and had my eyes opened to the world of cycling. Initially I only rode on my own and having bought a new bike in October forced myself out over the Autumn & Winter to make sure I didn’t get out of the habit.
Looking for a goal I signed up for the London Nightrider, at first I only entered the 50km but by the time the event came round I felt confident to ask to do the full 100km. Empty streets and the London sights by bike as the sun came up on a June Sunday morning was a great experience.
By that point in time I’d gained enough confidence to ride in a group and joined in rides with one of my oldest friends so instead of meeting up for a few drinks a couple of times a year we now meet up a couple of times a week for a ride. Being part of that group has been amazing and I’ve met great people I wouldn’t otherwise have done and done things on my bike that I wouldn’t have even dreamed I was capable of as little as 3 years ago.
Last year I was supposed to do Ride London but had to settle for the solo virtual version.
Why did I choose the Brathay 262? I was looking for a cycling challenge and this is certainly a challenge. In January 2003 I attended a development course at Brathay Hall which left me with some very fond memories, a scaled down Whaler on the lake in the early evening was awesome. If by riding my bike I can help raise funds and awareness for the trust to give a young person similar memories and opportunities that would be great.
- 2019: London Night Rider 100km
- 2019: Cycle for Cities - Birdlip to Royal Wootton Bassett
- 2019: Sigma Sports West Coast Classic
- 2020: 1st 100 mile ride
- 2020: Prudential Ride London - virtual solo 100 miles
- 2021: Longest ride yet - 117 miles (Brathay 262 training)