Outwell’s Nick recruits hospice donations at RideLondon

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A recruitment consultant got into the saddle to raise vital hospice funds during the annual RideLondon cycling event at the weekend.

Nick Culley, who lives in Outwell, was one of more than 26,000 riders to take part in the event on Sunday, which also attracted some of the world’s best.

The challenge covered much of the route used in the 2012 Olympic road races and finished in the shadow of Buckingham Palace on the Mall.

He has already exceeded his £1,000 fundraising target for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, which supports people with terminal illnesses in Cambridgeshire, and money is still coming in.

Although he has completed up to 500 miles on a bike in one week, this was the first time he has ridden 100 miles in a single day.

The event was overshadowed by the death of a rider and two others being seriously injured in crashes.

That meant Nick, who works for the Pure agency in Cambridge, and many other riders were delayed by more than two hours as emergency crews dealt with the incidents.

However, he still managed to achieve his aim of completing the course in under six and a half hours, once the delays were discounted.

He said: “It was an extremely tough challenge so I’m really pleased to have made it all the way around.

“My biggest concern was being able to make it up the hills.

“Coming from the Fens, I’m not used to cycling over that kind of landscape.

“The last hill was the worst as this was 95 miles into the ride, but the crowds were fantastic and really spurred everyone on.

“It was an amazing atmosphere as we cycled through The Mall and across the finish line.”

Completing the ride this year means Nick can now return to one of his other sporting passions, golf.

That’s because he was forced to miss last year’s event, despite planning to take part after rupturing ankle ligaments when he stepped into a rabbit hole while playing golf.

He vowed to go without trips to the course ahead of this year’s ride and hopes to be in a position to do the same again in 2017.

He said: “It was a day which I will never forget and, despite still feeling a little stiff, I would love the opportunity to do it again.

“I will be entering into the ballot to take part again next year.”

To sponsor Nick, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Nick-Culley1.