Meet your Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 blogger

Over the next few months Rob Stockbridge will be bringing you his tales from the saddle.

Rob Stockbridge at the Ride London finish line

So, here I am ready to build up to next year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and I am really proud to be doing this for such a fantastic charity. 

I did my first Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 this year in the pouring rain (not something I was expecting in August!) and was amazed at the support provided by Scope, the event organisers and the countless people that lined the streets of London and Surrey. The organisation and camaraderie of everyone involved was second to none - what an exceptional event! Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to conquer the likes of Box Hill as the ride was shortened for safety reasons in the rain, a decision I know that was not taken lightly but nevertheless was an important one.
I got into cycling about four years ago but until last year had only ridden mountain bikes, riding on the road was a whole new concept!

Why Scope? 

I have to admit I didn’t know a huge amount about the charity before doing some research last year. A friend had spoken about some of the work done and it resonated with me – a quiet charity making a big difference to so many lives, providing opportunities for disabled people and their families which they may otherwise not have, and raising awareness within society. There is so much work done, both big and small projects, but all of which have a profound effect on so many lives. It is a privilege to be involved with this organisation and I am proud to be part of it for a second time.

Back to the cycling

My personal way of preparing is to have some shorter term focus which builds up to ‘the big one’. I really enjoy sportive events, non-competitive, well organised rides and where people are there to push themselves and have fun. To this end I have signed up to a ride around the Isle of Wight at the end of November, the big hills there will certainly provide a bit of a test!
I am also working out my plans for the fundraising and beginning to contact local businesses to try and drum up some support. Last year I held a Halloween raffle which was a great way to start a year of fundraising. I have also remembered I needed to set up my fundraising page early as sponsorship can come in at any point!
I really hope this blog makes for some interesting reading and can track my year of cycling and fundraising. Any thoughts, fundraising and training tips really gratefully received! Alternatively, you can support my fundraising.

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