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What Was The Best Bit Of The RideLondon 100-Mile Bike Ride?

This weekend we tackled the Prudential RideLondon to Surrey 100-mile bike ride, and it was epic! We asked finishers to tell us their best bit

What was the best bit of RideLondon?

Dave (left): “All 100 miles of it, especially the crowds. Loads of people had flags and were cheering and in the small villages they’d made tea and cakes for riders. Just being part of it was amazing. The 10-mile bike commute tomorrow probably won’t be as much fun though.”

Seeing the sights of London as we cycled back in near the finish was amazing

Duncan (right):“Getting to the top of Leith Hill and Box Hill I felt euphoric. After putting all that energy in it was a real achievement. I didn’t think I’d be able to do it but I actually overtook a few people.

“Seeing the sights of London as we cycled back in near the finish was amazing too, although they went by in a flash. And I loved coming down The Mall to the finish, I did the ride with my brother, and my mum Karen and brother’s wife Kate were there to cheer us over the line.”

What was the best bit of RideLondon?

Someone offered me a pint, and while it was appreciated, I sensibly declined

Claire: “The crowds through Dorking and Wimbledon were fantastic, they were lining the streets. Someone even offered me a pint, and while it was appreciated, I sensibly declined.

“The other riders were great too. We were diverted by Leith Hill and it was very narrow and steep, the majority of people were walking but the man behind me stopped me from wobbling and pushed me up the last 50 metres!”

What was the best bit of RideLondon?

Stephen (left): “The weather was perfect, the organisation was really good, and having closed roads was fantastic. My cycling companions Lorena and Ben from my cycling club CC London were one of the best things though, they were great company throughout.

“I’ve been a member of CC London for around 18 months and it makes such a difference training with people you enjoy spending time with, I’ve made some great friends and my fitness has improved dramatically.”

Lorena (centre): “The best bit? Bumping into Stephen and Ben at the second feed station and cycling the next 60 miles together after doing the first 40 alone – we had loads of fun, as always. The last ten miles were pretty special too, I missed last year’s event due to injury, so I went all out to the finish line. The whole day was fabulous.”

What was the best bit of RideLondon?

Jonny, Unbound’s inhouse personal trainer: “My best bit was getting to the top of Leith Hill as I knew the hardest climb was out of the way! The worst part was running out of water with 25 miles to go. I had to make the decision to chase the time I wanted or stop to refill. I chose to struggle on and finished just inside my target time. Very satisfying.”

What was the best bit of RideLondon?

Jemma (right): “Taking on Box Hill and winning! I didn’t stop once going up, which I was pretty proud of after not much training. I also loved feeling like I was in the Tour de France. I went to watch the finish in my home town of Harrogate last year and it brought those happy memories back.”

What was the best bit of RideLondon?

I finally got to break a century on the bike

Charlotte, Unbound’s editor (front): “The weather! I did RideLondon last year and the weather was horrendous. It was the tail end of Hurricane Bertha and the torrential rain meant the course had to be shortened to 86 miles as it was too dangerous to tackle the big hills.

“This year we got to see the Surrey countryside in the sunshine, the crowds were out in force, and I finally got to break a century on the bike.”

The ballot for Prudential RideLondon 2016 opens on 10 August 2015.

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