Ronnie (above, on a training ride) is the father of Coco, one of the pupils at Woodstar School. This Sunday, 30 July, he’s donning the lycra to raise vital funds for us in the leg-testing Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
We caught up with him in his preparations.
Have you been in training for this 100 mile ride?
I’m a keen cyclist (although I haven’t been on the bike for over a year up until three months ago). I’ve gone from doing no training to riding up to 16 hours and over 400km a week – and actually shedding 11kg in weight in the process – to prepare myself for the ride.
Why are you doing this ride for CPotential?
The wonderful staff at Woodstar School have been instrumental in continuing Coco’s rehabilitation following her stroke two years ago. I’m doing this bike ride for them to show my gratitude. With help from the school and CPotential, she has a chance at an independent life full of wonder and possibility.
What will be most challenging?
Getting to start on time! I have a 5.45am start time and I need to be there an hour before (I am not a morning person). Then, it will be getting up Box Hill and Leith Hill as these come up 60 and 70 miles into the ride.
What are you looking forward to?
I’m looking forward to being able to ride through London without traffic but with all the crowd support that comes with an event like this. Best of all, will be seeing the finish line in The Mall with my family there to cheer me across!
Everyone at CPotential wishes Ronnie (aka Team Coco) good luck and a good tail wind on Sunday. Please read more and show your support here.