At the back end of last year one of REPL’s Principal Consultants Matt Rose decided he wanted to undertake a number of challenging bike rides during 2017 as a chance to raise some money for charity as well as continuing cycling as a form of exercise.
Those challenges are now about to start and we spoke to Matt about his epic rides that lie ahead of him.
The Events that Matt is taking on are:
– Loch Ness Etape which is a 106km (66 miles) around Loch Ness on closed roads. (April 23rd)
– Velothon Wales which is Matt’s home ride. Starting in Cardiff, follows an exceptionally challenging 140km (86 miles) up to the Valleys and back again covering 1822m of climbing. (July 9th)
– Prudential RideLondon 100 which was on his bucket list of to-do rides which starts in London and works its way out to Surrey and then back again. This ride covers 160km (100 miles) and 1318m of climbing. (July 30th)
– Velothon Birmingham in its inaugral year starts on Broad Street and works through 1988m of climbing on 160km (100 miles) of roads in the Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire countryside. (Sept 24th)
In order to take part in the RideLondon event, Matt got a place through Meningitis Now. This charity researches, campaigns and supports people who have directly, or indirectly, been affected by Meningitis.
Having had Meningitis when Matt was 17, he personally knows of the impact it can have on peoples lives as well as the lives of people around those with Meningitis.
Matt said, “What made it even more poignant was seeing the pictures of Faye Burdett in the news As I now have a 2 year old and a 5 month old, it made me reflect on what a horrible disease it really is, especially as it is something that we all carry.”
“With REPL’s generous donation, I has now smashed my original target of £1000 but still have a number of months of fundraising to go and has now adjusted his target to £2000.”
Matt’s donation page is here http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Matthew_Rose if anyone wishes to donate.