04 August 2017
Jason Clinches Prudential Ride in 6 hours 29 minutes and 42 seconds!
Pool designer, Jason Beirne, shares his experience of his first Prudential Ride to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support:
"I had signed up for Prudential Ride London-Surrey but hadn’t done any real training. About six weeks ago, I stayed near Lowestoft and it was mentioned that the distance from Lowestoft to home was 106 miles; slightly over what I would be riding on the Prudential Ride. "That scared me into action! The fear of failure propelled me through the training.
The training takes up a lot of spare time in a short time frame and I found balancing the work/life/training regime quite tough. "Prudential and Macmillan advise that riders ‘taper’ training towards the final few weeks – so it meant resting the legs and no midweek sessions; it felt counter intuitive, but I trusted the advice.
"A week before the charity ride, I attended the London Bike Show at Excel to collect my documents. On one stand I saw stickers for riders’ bikes that give landmarks and times riders need to get to those locations to achieve particular times – 8 hours, 7 hours, 6 hours etc. Fear struck again, I had never ridden so quickly to achieve the minimal time of 8.5, no turning back though.
"On the morning of the ride, I cycled to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, going via Rotherhithe Tunnel. I arrived an hour early and spoke to other Macmillan riders – one was a seasoned rider, who organises similar events, and was reminiscing about his first time riding the 100 and being very inexperienced. He advised that the first 40-50 miles of the route are relatively flat, so it was a good idea to go as fast as possible.
"As we lined up and our starting time came, I took his advice and pushed ahead. The novelty of riding on completely closed roads through London and Surrey didn’t wear off and the encouragement from supporters was such a massive boost.
"There were some very awkward moments such as Leith Hill but knowing how much money had been donated and what it means to Macmillan drove me through the tough times just as much as the energy bars and gels.
"Coming through The Mall I realised if I gave it everything I had, I could finish in just under 6.5 hours – I ended up finishing in 6 hours 29 minutes and 42 seconds!
"The past six weeks have been an amazing experience; to witness the generosity and support of people who have donated has been overwhelming. I can’t thank my donors enough. There is still time to donate to Macmillan Cancer Support – the Just Giving page is still up and all donations are greatly received.
"I understand that the ballot to register for 2018 opens on 7 August – I would encourage any keen cyclist to get involved, 100 miles is a long way but with cycling practice before hand, it’s definitely doable."