As part of last month’s hugely popular Ride London event, some of our toughest supporters spent Sunday 31st July completing the challenging Surrey-100 (a 100 mile ride through the Surrey hills).
Overall, over 27,000 riders took part in the event, filling the traffic-free roads with a fast-moving mass of whirring pedals, colourful lycra and gleaming helmets. 7 riders took part for The Big Issue Foundation. In addition to training themselves up, they have been hard at work raising the money in a variety of different ways.
One innovative example of fundraising by Big Issue supporters was the stationary bike ride stall that Philip Herrick and Sam Lomas set up at a church garden party on the Queen’s birthday. The pair set up their bikes on stationary turbo trainers and “cycled” the 152 miles from St Thomas Church to The Mall, each doing 76 miles. They invited people to guess both the time it would take and the amount of calories they would burn between them. In the end, it took 3:43:45, and used up 2,984 calories (equivalent to around 8 ½ scones from another stall!).
The riders have until the end of August to collect all of the money, but their hard work and generosity has already raised over £4,000 which will go toward supporting our vendors in working to improve their own lives.
This ride is an annual event, and we are hugely grateful to anyone who wants to support us next year by riding for TBIF.
If you’d like to join Team TBIF even sooner, we’re currently recruiting for our London to Paris cycle challenge and have an information evening in London next week.