2016 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100: The Riders’ Stories
A record number of riders are set to take on the challenge of the Prudential RideLondon sportives this year and raise millions for charity on Sunday 31 July. 3,000+ cyclists are set to ride the new Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 and 27,000+ are expected to start the fourth Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
Here are some of their stories:
Surrey-based Tim Stevens will be riding the event for the second time to raise funds for the Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which has supported and cared for his daughter Emilia since birth. Emilia, now three, was born with congenital nephrotic syndrome, a rare genetic kidney disorder. Having had one kidney removed age six weeks, Emilia required a kidney transplant and dad Tim was a willing donor. After a long and difficult three years for the family, Emilia is now making good progress and, with the help of the Evelina, she is looking forward to a happy and healthy future.
After his own personal battle with cancer, Kevin Moden from Sussex will be riding to raise money for The Royal Marsden Charity. Following his diagnosis of stage three melanoma, a form of skin cancer, in 2015, Kevin has been treated and cared for by The Royal Marsden and he has taken part in a medical trial examining the effects of immunotherapy, a type of cancer treatment designed to boost the body’s natural defences to fight cancer. The dad of two is now determined to raise money for the charity which he credits with saving his life.
After watching her husband complete the 2015 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, Surrey resident Catherine Farrow decided it was time for her to take on the cycling challenge. Riding for the charity MS Society, Catherine is hoping to prove that you can do anything you set your mind to. Having been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago, Catherine has set herself the target of completing one sporting challenge a year and the 100-mile sportive is this summer’s goal.
Riding for his grandson Noah is Anthony Dixey from Leicester. Noah, now three, suffers from the genetic disorder Alagille syndrome which affects the liver, heart and kidneys. Since being diagnosed aged 3 months, Noah has battled with liver disease, kidney failure and other related complications. Supporting Noah and his family has been the charity Kidney Research, and Anthony, who will also be celebrating his 60th birthday on Ride Day, has taken up the challenge of riding the 100-mile sportive to raise much needed money and awareness for the charity.
Colin McNeill, from Huddersfield, will be riding the 100 for WellChild, the 2016 Official Charity of the Year, which has helped him and his wife Jill cope with the difficulties facing them after their son Noah was born seven weeks premature. Diagnosed with a collapsed windpipe, Noah was kept in intensive care at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for eleven months. WellChild Nurse Elaine was on hand to help prepare Colin and Jill for Noah’s arrival home, including training them in using a ventilator. Now five, Noah is thriving at home with his family thanks to the help and support of WellChild. Colin will be riding the 100 to say thank you and raise money so that the charity can continue to support other families.
This is just a small selection of stories from this year’s riders. Read more
Another tyre test win for our famous GP4000 S II road clincher, this time in Triathlon Plus magazine's comprehensive 'Fat is Fast' wide tyre test, up against 15 of the best tyres on the market.
Tyres were tested in real world conditions, head-to-head on two up bike sessions usingthe same rim profiles and pressures for the most accurate comparisons. The crew of high mileage testers also attempted to wear out as many tyres as possible to which was the most long lasting.
For the GP4000 S II, the magazine commented that this is the tyre of choice for when they conduct wheel tests, simply as they are the best balance of performance and durability for real-world road riding.
The advanced BlackChili compound was commented on as being glued to corners but searlingly quick in a straight line compared to most competitors.
Our mid-priced Grand Sport Race also impressed the judges, with the PureGrip compound being a good balance of reasonable lifespan, easy speed and trustworthy traction for a relatively affordable tyre.
See the comprehensive test in the April 2016 issue of Triathlon Plus Magazine!
Continental Tyres, the leading German tyre manufacturer, will be the official presenting partner of the King of the Mountains and Sprints competitions in the 2016 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on Sunday 31 July.
This men’s pro race, televised live by BBC Sport, is the climax of the world’s greatest festival of cycling, now in its fourth year. 150 riders from 25 of the world’s top teams will race in the world’s richest one-day Classic. The riders roll out from the spectacular setting of Horse Guards Parade to race through the capital, out into Surrey and back over Putney Bridge to the finish line on The Mall in St James’s Park.
The Continental Tyres King of the Mountains competition will feature five punchy climbs and the race will feature five in-race sprints to decide the the Continental Tyres Sprints competition.
In addition, Continental Tyres will be involved in all aspects of the event with interactive exhibitions at Festival Zones during Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, mechanical support services to the riders in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100-mile sportive and exhibiting the very latest in tyres and rubber technology at the Prudential RideLondon Cycling Show at ExCeL from 28 – 30 July.
Continental has been developing and manufacturing tyres since 1871. With more than 140 years experience, Continental is the only bicycle tyre manufacturer in Germany and one of the last major bicycle tyre manufacturers in Europe. Continental is famous for its innovative product development such as the GP4000S with its puncture protection technology and the BlackChili compound. These new ideas are now used in Continental’s award winning car tyre range, which also features BlackChili compound for maximum grip on Continental’s ultra high-performance tyres.
Guy Frobisher, Marketing Director of Continental Tyres, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting event which mirrors many of our core values. We are looking forward to bringing our grip performance to life and showcasing our passion for safety and technology.”
Hugh Brasher, Event Director for Prudential RideLondon, said: “Continental Tyres is the perfect partner for the King of the Mountains and Sprint classifications in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. We’re delighted to welcome another world-leading company to the world’s greatest festival of cycling.”
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Ever wondered 'how to'?
The new YouTube channel from our colleagues in Germany gives detailed instructions on how to fit, remove, repair, seal and inflate our road, city & MTB tyres. There are a multitude of specific video demonstrations to choose from, in both English and German.
As an introduction, we're showing how to remove, inspect and repair a road bike clincher, essential knowledge for when you are out on the road.
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