After more than 1,000 days away, the mass cycling event billed as the London Marathon on two wheels returned on Sunday 29 May with a new destination. Approximately 22,600 riders took on a 30-, 60- or 100-mile ride on traffic-free routes out of the capital and into the Essex countryside. With the usual finishing point on the Mall inaccessible due to platinum jubilee celebrations, cyclists finished on Tower Bridge instead.
Eleven riders signed-up to take on this 100-mile sportive in aid of Kingston Hospital Charity, including hospital CEO, Jo Farrar, who had to withdraw a couple of days before the event, having contracted COVID-19. Jo is planning to make-up for his disappointment by taking on RideLondon100 in 2023. The team also included Kingston Hospital’s Director of Operations, Tracey Moore, who took on the challenge with her husband, Simon, having never done anything like this before. The team was also represented by consultant gastroenterologist Markus Gess and diabetic consultant, Matthew Oldfield.