London Ambulance staff conquer London’s biggest cycling event

HR Manager Greg Masters completes rideYesterday (4 August) two members of staff completed the 100 mile cycling challenge in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100.

Joining nearly 16,000 budding cyclists, HR Manager Greg Masters and Tower Hamlets based paramedic Gary Cohen completed the gruelling 100 miles raising over £1,000 for our chief executive’s charity, The Maypole Project.

Starting at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and following a similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic road cycling races, both Gary and Greg peddled their way through London and Surrey, finishing at the Mall.

Greg said: “I’m really proud of myself for completing the ride, and the amount I’ve raised for charity. The most I had managed during training was 62 miles so I knew it was going to be a real challenge.

“I was really nervous before the event, but the crowds were great and really kept me driven until the end.

“I had a problem with my gears, which meant I had to stop for repairs. I stopped for 28 minutes, and completed in 8 hours 28 minutes, so if I hadn’t stopped, I would have beaten Mayor Boris Johnson by four minutes.”

Gary, who completed the 100 mile route in 6 hours 16 minutes said, “I thoroughly enjoyed the event, but it was really hard.

“The crowds were amazing, I started at 6.30am so didn’t expect to see many people, but even at that time, plenty of people were out cheering.”

To make a donation to our cyclists visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GregMasters http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GaryDCohen

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