Prevoius Local Cyclists Profiles included:
Tim Scott - Pyrford and Haymarket Media
This year I am taking part in RideLondon as a member of a seven-strong team from Haymarket Media. We are aiming to raise over £4,000 for our chosen charity Teenage Cancer Trust. This is our small contribution to the staff of Haymarket's commitment to raise £30,000 for the charity in 2015. The money we raise will help many, many young people with cancer. For instance it would provide 800 hours of nursing care by a Teenage Cancer Trust clinical nurse specialist. You can find out more here: www.teenagecancertrust.org/about-us
My colleagues are Steve Forsdick, Philip Goodman, Dave Longridge, Tim Lomas, Rob Pittaway, Richard Rowe and Mark Watson. Haymarket Media Group. To make a donation please visit: http://www.justgiving.com/HAYMARKETMEDIARIDELONDON2015
Stephen Batten, Pyrford
I am a local guy and will be riding in the London-Surrey 100 on Sunday. I am in the early wave and will be coming through the village around 0815-0830 punctures and body willing.
My rider number is 18306. Last year in the rain I did it for team Bliss so I am very excited to be able to give the full 100 miles a go this year. I returned last week from cycling from London to Paris with five other Dad's from Pyrford & West Byfleet. We did that for Great Ormond Street Hospital as one of the little girls from the village is having treatment there : www.justgiving.com/teamtasha
Christopher Pinsent has rowing in his genes but he’s swapping boats for bikes to take part in Ride London in memory of his grandfather who died of bowel cancer.
Christopher is more used to rowing than cycling. His grandfather, Peter Ayling ran Aylings, whose boats were rowed by Olympians Steve Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent when winning a number of their gold medals.He said: “With both the Pinsent and Ayling family genes, I was always going to be a rower. Aylings gave me a rowing boat when I was 15 and although my grandfather died shortly after, I was determined to do him proud so was pleased to row for my school, university and the UK under 23’s. “I gave up rowing after university but kept up the cycling, which I had always been part of my training. So I’m delighted to take part the challenge in aid of Beating Bowel Cancer and to help raise awareness of the disease.” Despite being hindered by injury recently, Christopher is determined to complete the cycle in memory of his grandad who he says was an inspiration to him. https://www.justgiving.com/Christopher-PINSENT
Scott McKay 38, is in training for the gruelling 100 mile cycle race RideLondon in memory of his father and grandfather who both died of bowel cancer. Scott said: “I promised my Dad I would run the London Marathon in his memory but due to having two bad knees, this is not possible. Instead I’ve pledged to ride over 500 miles in his memory over the course of a six month period, with my final ride being the Prudendtial RideLondon-Surrey 100. “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to take part the challenge in aid of the charity, Beating Bowel Cancer. Due to my family history, I’m really keen to help raise awareness of the disease in the local area and raise as much funds as possible for the charity.”
To support to Scott’s fundraising effort, please visit: www.justgiving.com/Scott-A-Mckay
Tim Campbell-Smith, Redhill
Colorectal surgeon, Tim Campbell-Smith , who works at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill, his fellow surgeons, Paras Jethwa and Andrew Day, and Ralph Smith, a trainee colorectal surgeon at Guildford Hospital, were all inspired by their work to sign up for the challenge.
Tim said “We work with bowel cancer patients on a daily basis, so this challenge offers us a great way to help raise awareness of the disease and raise funds for a great charity.
“Beating Bowel Cancer does amazing work trying to raise awareness of the disease and supports all those affected by bowel cancer, whether they are patients, survivors or their families, so we really want to do our bit to support them.”
We wish the team the best of luck for the event! If you’d like to support them, you can do so at:
Jon Fairclough Ockham, Surrey
I’m 61 and have been riding racing bikes seriously for 13 years and wish I had taken up the sport earlier. I have done many long distance events: four Etapes, the Marmotte, the Maratona, the Nove Colli, the Gran Fondo Stelvio, Cape Argus, Fred Whitton and numerous sportif’s in the UK. Last time I looked I was the only cyclist in the UK over 50 to have climbed Mt Ventoux in France on a bike three times in a day – the ‘Madman of Ventoux’ challenge. I am doing the London 100 for the third time and really looking forward to it. It’s a really fast event and it is wonderful experience riding on closed roads around London and the Surrey countryside with supporters cheering you along and thousands of other riders for company. I am starting at 6.21 am.
Stephen McMillan - Pyrford
I'll be putting on my best lycra and will ride through 100 miles of pain to support the Stoke Association ! Sadly I lost my father in-law to a stroke a few years ago so I know the devastating effect a stroke can have on both the victim and their family and friends.The Stroke Association offers vital post-stroke help and support whilst raising awareness of stroke symptoms and funding research.
Any donations would be greatly appreciated - please visit www.justgiving.com/SMcMillan
Duncan Daines - Maybury
Needlessly to say after the umpteenth training ride up Leith Hill I have, like so many, asked myself why am I doing this? Well for me it's
very simple - the Olympics, Wiggo, Froome, Cav and the ability to follow much more slowly in their now faded tracks. However there is
also one other reason. Inspire a generation. The Olympics may have passed but I can still inspire Freya and Max.
Tom Peters, Knaphill,
Tom is 31 years old, lives in Knaphill, originally from Hereford. Works in facilities management based in London but work all over the country!
Cycling experience: limited!! Spent a few years commuting on the bike across London for work, but taking things a little more seriously
since joining Woking CC! Reason for doing the event: wife stitched me up!
Paul Down, Woking
Paul is 42 years old, lives in Woking, VP for an American Software Company. Woking CC Club Secretary. Cycling experience: I've ridden bikes all my life. Sometimes favouring mountain biking for a few years before coming back to the road bike. I love the speed and distance you can cover on a racer which is made all the more pleasurable with the likeminded and friendly individuals we have at Woking CC. The routes we'll cover in the Pru 100 are well known to us all, but it's putting them all together in one ride, plus adding another 40 miles on top which is
going to be a tough challenge. Reason for doing the event: I had to participate in this event as I'm sure it will become a well known cycling classic in years to come,and to say I rode the inaugural event would be an achievement. I was lucky enough to get both a ballot and charity place so I handed the charity slot back to allow someone else to ride. However, the charity I chose was JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research fund) as my 12 year old daughter is diabetes Type 1 (insulin dependant) so I will be riding for them, even though I'll be in a Woking CC jersey
Mark Scott (Woking CC)
Rider Number: 5199