70-Year-Old Islander Takes On 100-Mile Charity Cycle

Steve Watt

Steve Watt

At 70 years of age, you might understand it if someone wants to take life a little slower.

But one St Mary’s man intends to undertake a gruelling 100-mile cycle challenge.

Steve Watt has been accepted as one of 15,000 cyclists for the ‘London 100’ event, which will see cyclists ride from the Olympic stadium, across the capital and out to the Surrey countryside. The event ends at Buckingham Palace.

Steve says it’s a challenge, not a race, and is hoping to complete it in around 6 hours. That’s an average speed of 15mph he says.

He’s riding on behalf of Diabetes UK after being diagnosed with the condition 7 years ago.

Steve was bitten by the cycling bug after taking part in last year’s 50 km ‘Tour de Scilly’ cycling challenge on St Mary’s, which he completed in under 2 hours.

He says he’ll have his name on his bike this time, because it could be hard to find among the thousands left in storage at the Olympic stadium.

Steve will be setting up a Just Giving donations page this weekend.