Long Ride For St Mary’s Charity Cyclist
Steve Watt finished his second 100-mile charity bike ride in six hours yesterday.
The 71-year-old St Mary’s cyclist had hoped to complete the London 100 challenge, described by Mayor Boris Johnson as “the greatest mass-participation cycling event in the world” in five-and-a-half-hours.
Steve’s time was slower and he says the race was beset by problems and tragedy. The entrants were held up for around one hour on the narrow and steep Leith Hill after a male cyclist died from a heart attack.
Two ambulances closed the lane completely until the Air Ambulance arrived.
There were also several dramatic crashes and some cyclists were taken to hospital after touching wheels and somersaulting, sometimes at high speed.
25,564 cyclists took part in the event, including champions Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish.
The route was lined with spectators and Steve says it was the closest he’s been to competing in a professional event.
Steve’s son James, who now lives in Bristol, beat his dad easily, finishing in just over five hours.
Steve hopes to raise cash for the St Mary’s Lifeboat from yesterday’s challenge.