Driver takes on Olympic chal­lenge

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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.vir­gin­money­giv­­sonSan­ders

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM2676384

Ash­ford Char­ity cy­clist Ja­son San­ders with his bike

Bri­tish cy­clist Bradley Wig­gins

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