A local group of cycling enthusiasts, Team Breakfast Bike, are 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.

Team Breakfast Bike have turned the challenge into a sociable activity.

Steve Thomas, the team’s ‘Head Fixer of Bikes and Breakfast’, said:

“There’s around 20 of us in the group, we meet each Saturday (usually at my place) for coffee, cake and general banter, then struggle out into the world for either a road ride, or a mountain bike ride. The ride depends on the weather and what people fancy, and an average ride will see between four and ten folk turn up.

“Although there’s often cake before the ride, (I like to bake), there’s also usually (as per the team name) a communal breakfast either on the ride, if it’s a long one, or on our return; team-cooking of eggs, bacon, toast, sharing chat and eating before dispersing to do other Saturday stuff.”

Richard Matereck and Steve Thomas in the kitchen

Team Breakfast Bike has been running for five years. It began as a casual cycling group of friends but began to attract new riders from as far afield as Germany, France and Singapore. 

Seven members of the group will be taking on RideLondon-Surrey100 for United Response; Steve Thomas from Windlesham, Winston Matthews from Slough, Anna Gripenstedt from Slough, Richard Matereck from Lightwater, Glenn Harris from Lightwater, Sheila Harris from Lightwater, and Colin Lathwell from Egham. All the team members are aged between mid-40s - early 60s.

From left to right: James Baker (Breast Aware rider), Sheila Harris (United Response rider), Richard Materek (United Response rider), Glenn Harris (United Response rider), Winston Matthews (United Response rider), Anna Gripenstedt (United Response rider), Steve Thomas (United Response rider), Amanda Korner (ballot place rider), Nicki Hilton (ballot place rider)

Winston Matthews suggested the team fundraised for United Response, having cycled RideLondon in 2014 and 2015, and supported the charity for many years.

He commented:

“Fundraising for United Response really appeals to me. There are many charities that look after the very young and old, but very few that support people in between. I was particularly interested in the support that the charity provides for young disabled adults looking for work.”

Winston took on RideLondon for United Response in 2014 and 2015

To help Team Breakfast Bike Club reach their fundraising target, please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TeamBreakfastBike 

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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