Jade Smith, 23, works as a team lead support worker in Penzance, Cornwall, supporting three individuals with learning disabilities.

Her passion for her work encouraged her to sign up to cycle 100 miles on Sunday 2nd August as part of the United Response RideLondon-Surrey team.

A very active member of her community, Jade volunteers in the area and also trains competitively as part of Mounts Bay Pilot Gig rowing club.

Jade says of her work: “I enjoy helping to keep my community safe and supporting three lovely people to live great lives.”

She's certainly up to the challenge

Her intense training for rowing involves circuit training, gym workouts and a bit of road cycling to improve endurance in the boat, so she’s certainly got the strength to take on RideLondon.

Jade competes in rowing most Saturdays and also rides horses, so it’s amazing she even has room for another sport! Nonetheless, she has been averaging about 20-40 miles on her bike twice a week on what she calls her ‘rest days’.

Jade on one of her 'rest days'

Speaking about why she chose to take on another challenge, Jade added: “I’m really looking forward to trying something new. I have taken part in a couple of local cycles before, but not for a couple of years and nothing near 100 miles! This is definitely the biggest challenge I’ve done - I wanted to do something bigger and different.

"My friend told me to get used to the hills, and there are plenty in Cornwall to practise on. I’m not too worried about the distance – it’s more about getting my bum used to the seats!”

Jade will be coming to London with a friend who is also taking part in RideLondon and we’ll be supporting her on the day at our cheering station.

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Natalie Millbank, community and events fundraiser.