Nick Thomas, 48, from Reigate, is taking on a 100-mile cycling challenge on 31st July, to raise money for national disability charity, United Response.

United Response supports people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live the lives they choose.

The fourth Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will set off from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, along a 100-mile route through the capital’s closed roads and into Surrey before ending at the Mall, following the London 2012 Olympic route.

Nick commented on taking on this challenge:

“It is great to be able to do physical challenges and raise money for people who need it. I am an occasional cyclist but love most sport and enjoy any sort of physical challenge. I usually get out for a ride a few times a summer, but I want to get into cycling more and thought this might help push me to do so.

“I’m pretty fit and feel confident that I can get round the course without too much training, it’s just a question of how hard it will be and how long it takes!”

Nick Thomas wearing his United Response cycling jersey

The father-of-two is finding time to train around other weekend activities, including sports with his son and daughter and coaching cricket at club and junior level.

Nick was inspired to take on RideLondon after seeing his friend Diane Lightfoot, Director of Policy and Communications for United Response, take on the challenge.

“It seemed like a great idea. I know through Diane that United Response is such a worthwhile charity and I have supported them before,” he said.

To help Nick reach his fundraising goal, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/NickThomas5

To find out more about the event, or to join our cheer station on the day, you can contact Sarah from United Response’s fundraising team on 0208 879 4987.

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