Cupar men cycle country for Worldwide Cancer Research
If cycling 100 miles for charity seems like an admirable challenge then put yourself in the shoes of two fundraisers from north east Fife who are adding 600 miles to the challenge by cycling from Cupar to the London start line.
RAF officer Nick Styles and systems accountant Ally Syme both Cupar, are no strangers to epic cross country cycling.
Between them they’ve cycled the three UK peaks, across the United States of America, and done John O’Groats to Land’s End – twice! And this time are doing it to raise money for St Andrews based charity Worldwide Cancer Research (WCR).
“We needed to find a way to get down to London to start the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100,” explained Nick. “We asked ourselves, why take a plane, train or car down when you could cycle to the starting line? With this in mind, we decided to cycle down to London on a three day adventure before starting the 100 mile road race to Surrey.
“That means we’ll be riding 600 miles in six days.”
Despite their extensive experience the cyclists have not slacked on training and have been regularly hitting the local tracks ahead of the long cycle south.
Ally said: “It should be exciting to cycle through London on closed roads and finishing on the Mall.
“And with 26,000 other cyclists taking part there will be plenty of people to chat to and draft behind!”
Before the pair set off on Monday, they had already collectively raised nearly £2000 for the charity, £500 of which was a one off donation from Murray Simpson, a catering accountant who works at Leuchars.
Nick said: “Murray has unfortunately lost both parents to cancer. He had taken a collection after their funerals, but couldn’t decide which charity to donate the money to.
“When he found out about Worldwide Cancer Research, a charity determined to fight all kinds of cancer, there was no doubt in his mind where he would give it.”
The race takes place in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and then follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. The race finishes on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists race in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route, including recent three time Tour de France winner Chris Frome.