Dame Kelly’s sad­dling up for RideLon­don


Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

AF­TER a year with­out rid­ing a bike and fresh from run­ning the Vir­gin Money Lon­don Marathon in April, dou­ble Olympic cham­pion Dame Kelly Holmes is tak­ing on her next challenge for charity, the Pru­den­tial RideLon­don-Sur­rey 46.

A new event on the ros­ter of this year’s Pru­den­tial RideLon­don festival of cy­cling, Dame Kelly is tak­ing on the ride in the hope it will al­low her to get back on the bike more and aid her long-term fitness.

Launched in 2013, Pru­den­tial RideLon­don is the world’s great­est festival of cy­cling and takes place this week­end (July 30 and 31).

The 46-year-old ran this year’s Lon­don Marathon in an im­pres­sive three hours and 11 min­utes, de­spite ad­mit­ting that her train­ing was far from ideal.

And in a sim­i­lar vein, Dame Kelly will now take on the 46-mile cy­cle ride hav­ing not rid­den a bike for more than a year.

She knows it will hurt, but she said the dis­tance, less daunt­ing that the es­tab­lished 100-mile sportive, was ideally suited to novice and recre­ational cy­clists.

“The hook for me was the fact that it is 46 miles, it doesn’t seem too daunt­ing for a begin­ner – 100 def­i­nitely would be for me,” she said.

“Like in run­ning, there are thou­sands and thou­sands of peo­ple that go out on the bike just to feel good, to train, to be part of a group, to be part of a challenge.

“Some­times, to keep go­ing and to have an ex­cit­ing part of that, you need a goal.

“So if any­one’s still think­ing, what should I do? Then this is a per­fect one for peo­ple who have been cy­cling but haven’t set a challenge - set the challenge, go for it.

“I’m a lit­tle bit ner­vous about it be­cause I’ve never started off a big race with lots of peo­ple ef­fec­tively in my way - I’ll prob­a­bly need lots of space but it should be quite fun.

“I want that challenge though and it will be nice to go into that cy­cling world, which I’m not re­ally in at the mo­ment.”

Dame Kelly announced her de­ci­sion to par­tic­i­pate in the event at her own Cafe 1809 – her race num­ber in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games – in Hilden­bor­ough, Kent.

“From now on­wards I hope that cy­cling will be­come a big­ger part of my fitness regime, so that I can con­tinue to run.”

The Pru­den­tial RideLon­donSur­rey 46 takes place on Sun­day July 31 2016. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.Pru­den­tialRideLon­don.

n CHALLENGE: Dame Kelly Holmes

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