70-Year-Old Islander Cycles 100 Miles For Diabetes Charity

Steve Watt with son James at the event in London

Steve Watt with son James at the event in London

 
A St Mary’s man says he battled on against weather of “biblical proportions” to complete a 100 mile charity cycle ride around London yesterday.

70-year-old Steve Watt finished the Ride London-Surrey 100 circuit in around five and half hours, an hour quicker than he had expected and just 20 minutes behind his son James who is 38 years younger.

Steve said a huge thunderstorm hit around the 26-mile mark at Hampton Court. He waited for about 20 minutes for it to stop but decided to carry on and press through, even though the winds were strong and the road surface was dangerous.

24,000 cyclists started the circuit but many of them dropped out because of the poor conditions, said Steve.

He’s exceeded his target for fundraising for Diabetes UK with around £800 to come in by September.

Steve says people might think St Mary’s is relatively flat but the few inclines we have provided a good training ground for the steepest and toughest stretches of the London-Surrey 100.

He says Telegraph Hill is “long and relentless” and there’s a really steep stretch of road around Tremelethen.

Steve says the training meant he “hardly got out of the saddle” on most of the hills on the route.

And the crowds lining the course helped spur the cyclists on. Steve says the spectators were amazing, standing three or four deep in places like Kingston Upon Thames.

He says he originally planned this to be his last big challenge, but now he’s determined to do it again as he thinks he can beat his time if the weather is better next year.



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