150-mile cycle ride visits all London football clubs
An epic 150-mile charity cycle ride to all 22 football stadia in London brought together an unlikely bunch of people.
- 151 miles London to Barnsley, as the crow flies
- 18 hours
- 3162ft climb/descent Equivalent to going up and down Scafell, England's highest mountain
- Average riding speed 12mph
- Top speed 36mph
Ex-LCC staff member Thomas Moulton came up with the idea of riding to all 22 football grounds (from the Blue Square to the Premier League) inside the M25 to raise money for LCC and the Southall Black Sisters.
Organiser Tom said “With the World Cup coming it seemed like a good idea, and these are small charities that do very important work and deserve our support”
Mixed bag of cyclists and footy fans
Twenty or so riders gathered outside White Hart Lane, Tottenham, at 6am, Sunday 5 June, a mixture of cycle enthusiasts and footy fans, all up for a challenge.
Rider and LCC staff member Rosie Tharp said, "There were some super-sexy road bikes but equally ones that had seen better days and one fella even did it on a mountain bike."
A total of 29 people took part over the course of the day, with just four people finishing the mammoth ride.
From 17 stone to ultra-marathon cyclist
Participant Sean Sweeney said, “I took up cycling in anger in May 2009 when I was nearly 17 stone. A year of hard work, dieting and training meant I completed the ride from start to finish.
"Seeing London in such an intimate way really drove home the beauty of the city we live, alongside some of the deprivation that sits side by side with the opulence.”
The ride has even inspired a spin off; Ben of Ealing Cycling Campaign will be organising a ride around all the prisons in London in September so keep an eye out on the LCC website for more details.
Please donate to these good causes
Kick Ball Pedal Bike was organised to raise money for charity so please donate if you can:
Donate to the Southall Black Sisters
Working with victims of domestic abuse
Donate to LCC
Helping to make London fit for cyclists