Amateur cyclist Jade Smith from Penzance, Cornwall, is training for a 100 mile cycling challenge for charity as she prepares for the August 2nd RideLondon event.

Jade, 23, is taking part in the event for national disability charity United Response, where she works as a Team Lead Support Worker, supporting people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live full lives.

The third 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.

Commenting on the upcoming challenge, Jade said: “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 practice on. I’m not too worried about the distance – it’s more about getting my bum used to the seats!”

So far, Jade has received support from family and friends, and has been following a training plan to help her to help motivate herself ahead of the big day.

Jade is a keen athlete who also trains for rowing, taking part in circuit training, gym workouts and a bit of road cycling to improve endurance in the boat, so she is hoping to have the strength to take on RideLondon for the first time.

Jade is coming to London with a friend for the event and is looking forward to the crowd of supporters cheering on cyclists on the day.

She explained:

“Fundraising is an important part of my motivation and will do great things for the charity, and a team of staff members and United Response supporters are also taking part. I enjoy helping to keep my community safe and supporting three lovely people to live great lives, so I hope taking on this challenge helps to raise awareness of our important work across the country.”


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