‘It was very windy but beautiful’
Big Bertha was described as a “challenge” by charity rider Anne Cragg.
Mrs Cragg, 57, who works at the Discovery Garden at the Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch, was in a team of four.
They raised around £2,500 for the Canterbury Oast Trust (COT), which cares for adults with learning disabilities and owns and runs the Rare Breeds Centre.
“Big Bertha was certainly a challenge but it was amazing to ride round traffic-free streets in London,” said Mrs Cragg.
“We all got soaked, although the sun did come out when we were in Surrey. It was very windy but was a beautiful ride.
“The reception we got from the public was amazing all along the course. People were encouraging us to keep going.”
In Mrs Cragg’s team were Kevin Gallagher, whose cousin is a COT resident, keen cyclist Jo Britton, and Henry Woodhall, who joined after failing to get a place in the ride’s ballot.
Mr Gallagher started first but the other three rode together.
“I’m glad we stuck together as Henry repaired two punctures for me,” said Mrs Cragg, who is married to a Romney Marsh farmer and is a member of the Unlikely Cyclists of Folkestone bike riding group.
“We did a sprint finish down Embankment to The Mall which was incredible.”
The three finished in around seven-and-a-half hours.
Bikers who raised money for Canterbury Oast Trust at the Prudential Ride London 100, left to right, Jo Britton, Kevin Gallagher, Henry Woodhall and Anne Cragg