Driver takes on Olympic challenge
A Brakes delivery driver will be cycling 100 miles along the route of the Olympic road race on a mountain bike.
Jason Sanders, 43, of Hawks Way, South Ashford will be taking part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
He wants to raise £1,500 for the charity because his step-daughter Emma, 19, is terminally ill with the genetic disorder.
Mr Sanders said: “In 2011 I ran the Brighton Marathon for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust team and raised nearly £600.
“I saw this ride and it was the first time they’re doing it so I thought I would do it.
“The course is virtually the same as the one that Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish raced on their road race bikes. I, however, will be doing the 100 mile challenge on a mountain bike just to make things a bit more interesting and difficult.”
He added: “I’ve never ridden a bike before over that distance or for the seven hours I’m expecting it to take me to complete the challenge.
“The furthest I’ve ever gone is 40 miles.”
He has also received a lot of support and advice from Larkfield Cycles, where he brough his bike.
The race on August 4 will see 20,000 cyclists leave the Olympic Park and riding around Surrey before finishing back in London on the Mall by Buckingham Palace.
Mr Sanders said: “My dad thinks I’m mad because he used to ride on racing bikes and he can’t believe I’m doing it on a mountain bike but my step-daughters and my wife are proud of me for doing it.”
To sponsor him go to http:// uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JasonSanders
Ashford Charity cyclist Jason Sanders with his bike
British cyclist Bradley Wiggins