Cycling for a cause: Steve takes on RideLondon

8 August 2018 12:00

Steve took on a wheely big challenge earlier in June as he battled the wind and rain, cycling 100 miles to raise money for our charity.

Steve Franklin celebrates at the finish line of RideLondon 2018
Steve celebrates at the finish line of RideLondon 2018.

He was one of 40 hardy souls who took on the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for Blind Veterans UK. The route took him through the City of London and Canary Wharf, out to Box and Leith Hills in Surrey, and then back into London along the Mall.

Steve says: “It was an amazing experience but I have to be honest, it was the worst weather I’ve ever cycled in! There was persistent wind and rain around the whole track. It really boosted my spirits when I spotted the Blind Veterans UK cheer squad at the 86-mile mark and I got that final burst of energy to pass the finish line.”

Steve, who works in the Estates department at the University of Sheffield, is a keen cyclist and a member of Holmfirth cycle club. This is the second year he has taken part in RideLondon, and, despite the rain, he beat his finishing time from last year.

"My colleagues joke that I have nothing better to do than cycle up the hills in and around Huddersfield. I think my training routes up Holme Moss near Holmfirth and Mam Tor in the Peak District paid off on event day though because despite the weather, I smashed my target finishing time."

Steve chose to fundraise for our charity after becoming aware of the work we do in local communities around the UK. As well as having friends who serve in the Armed Forces, Steve’s girlfriend’s father is ex-Royal Air Force, and nine members of her family have also served.

Steve says: “RideLondon was a brilliant chance to get myself fit, but it was also an opportunity to give something back to people who have served our country and lost their sight. I’m so pleased my friends and colleagues got on board with the cause and were really generous with donations, which certainly helped during those long hours of training.”

As for his next challenge, Steve already has his eye on a coast-to-coast cycle ride and intends to fundraise again for Blind Veterans UK.

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