Over 30,000 cyclists took to the streets of Surrey and London today (Sunday July 29) for the sixth year of the RideLondon100 event. 18 cyclists from the North Coast ( Causeway Cycle Club ) were part of the largest cycling extravaganza in the UK. All cyclists were cycling for Blind Veterans Uk. The charity has been in existence for 103 years.
The Blind Veterans UK support anyone who has served in the armed forces or did National Service and is now experiencing severe sight loss.
A spokesperson for Blind Veterans UK said “ It doesn’t matter how long a veteran served for or what caused their sight loss. It could be due to macular degeneration or another age-related illness, because of an accident or from losing their sight from a military conflict.”
The bad weather caused some issues on the country roads as stewards were forced to fill in slippery potholes for the riders, footage from the event showed.
The route set off from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, past west London and through Richmond Park, into Kingston before entering Surrey at Molesey and Walton.
Club chairman Robert Downes said “ I can’t thank the 18 members who supported Blind Veterans UK and raised over £9000. I would like to thank everyone who donated to all of us. I can assure you that the Blind Veterans were overwhelmed when they heard that we had raised our total. This was quite a challenge to some of our members taking on 100 miles who all returned safe”.