On Sunday 2 August our team of 11 riders will take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, raising thousands of pounds for Target Ovarian Cancer. Meet some of them:
Paul was inspired to take on the 100 mile challenge by his friend Tracey: "Being a part of such a prestigious event has given me the chance to be slightly introspective and to think how I can use this opportunity; I have decided to raise money for Target Ovarian Cancer. Our brave and lovely friend Tracey has been struck with ovarian cancer.
"Fortunately she's one of the strongest people we know. However it has brought home what an awful disease it is and the need to raise as much money as possible to provide the research to help other women. It is this that I want to play a small part in contributing to."
"My wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2014 and I want to help others pick up the symptoms early.
"With only 3 per cent of women very confident at spotting a symptom of ovarian cancer and ovarian cancer being one of the 5 most common cancers in women, there is an urgent need to raise awareness. The money raised will help Target Ovarian Cancer improve GP's knowledge, diagnosis and research into treatments."
"Six years ago, my mother-in-law lost her fight against ovarian cancer. A year ago, I won my battle against my ever-increasing waistline, and now I think I am in good enough shape to finish a challenge like the RideLondon-Surrey 100, so I would like to help Target Ovarian Cancer's worthy cause whilst I attempt to complete the ride."
Holly is riding for Target Ovarian Cancer in support of her Mum: "Much to the amusement of my family and friends, this summer I will be attempting to learn to ride a road bike. Then all I have to do is cycle 100 miles on it in less than eight hours. What could possibly go wrong? Those that know me well can vouch for the fact that cycling and I have not had the best relationship, but on 2 August I will, for the first time, be cycling in aid of Target Ovarian Cancer - which means however slow up the hills or however many times I fall off it will all be in aid of charity."
"I am proud to represent a charity whose sole aim is to help those battling, recovering from or associated in any way with ovarian cancer. Medical research and support assisted by the work of charities such as Target Ovarian Cancer, means that Mum can be there to cheer me on up Box Hill, not just this year but for whatever hare brained idea I have in the years to come. This can only be achieved by continued support and funding."
Richie and Ross
After taking on the Halloween Moonriders cycle in 2013 for Target Ovarian Cancer, these brothers are hitting the road again.
"It's hard to believe it's almost two years since we lost our dear Mum to ovarian cancer and so we've signed up to another bike challenge to try and raise more funds for a charity that means a lot to us.
The support we received for our last ride was incredible and with the generous support of family, friends and colleagues we were able to raise a fantastic amount for this important charity. Whatever we raise will go directly to help prevent families losing a mother, sister, grandmother, aunt or daughter."
"My wife Lesley was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in November 2014 and since then has had chemo and a big operation and will be restarting chemo very shortly. I am raising money for Target Ovarian Cancer to help raise awareness of this terrible disease."
Good luck to all our Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 riders!