On your bike, Caroline
We’re hugely proud of Senior Project Manager, Caroline Brodie, who was one of 26,000 cyclists to take part in the 4thPrudential RideLondon-Surrey cycling event on 31 July.
A member of Alton Cycling Club, Caroline undertook the circuit for the second year running, and has been training hard for the ride since May, increasing her weekly average and lengthening her rides to enable her to complete the full 100 miles in one day.
She said: “Whereas last year I was just focusing hard on the wheels in front of me, this time I was able to enjoy the passing scenery much more.”
Following the route designed for the London 2012 Olympic Road Race,the ride began at the Olympic Park, passing Canary Wharf and the Tower of London before heading for the Surrey countryside via Chiswick, Richmond Park and Kingston. Passing through Dorking, Abinger Hammer and Holmbury St Mary, the cyclists literally peaked at Leith Hill near Dorking before starting their return leg to London.
Caroline was delighted to top her 2015 time, with a riding time of 5’36. The prospect of winning a third medal, and the challenge of knocking seven minutes off this year’s time to finish in under five and a half hours, are strong incentives for a 2017 rerun. Watch this space!
Ever the event professional, Caroline was keenly aware of the behind-the-scenes work needed to ensure an efficient and safe experience.
“The organization of the event, from the on-line registration, the pre-event information, the event registration and of course the co-ordination on the day, was faultless”, she said. “And the hundreds of marshals along the route, who ensured the safety of both riders and public, deserve a massive round of applause.”