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London Sportive 61-mile tests Gaywood biker Mark Howard of Bridge for Heroes Armed Forces Charity



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Two beneficiaries of The Bridge for Heroes Armed Forces Charity, joined 20,000 other bike riders to take part in the Ride London Sportive.

The riders started the 61-mile course on Victoria Embankment and finished the event on the iconic Tower Bridge, having gone via Epping Forest and South Essex.

Gaywood's Mark Howard, a wheelchair user and veteran of HM Forces, completed the course in just under six hours on a hand-cycle provided by the Bridge for Heroes. He was supported throughout by Karl Perryman riding a Cube road bike.

Start line: Karl Perryman centre rear with Mark Howard in his hand cycle beside him.
Start line: Karl Perryman centre rear with Mark Howard in his hand cycle beside him.

Mark said: "This is one of the toughest sportives I've ever participated in and I found it much more of a challenge than going over Snaefell on the Isle of Man.”

The course climbed a total of 639 metres over the 61 miles with all but one of the hills being small inclines over a long distance, this being a particular challenge for hand-cyclists.

At the end, Mark commented: “Despite it being tough going, I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a wonderful experience being with so many other riders, the memories of which will last a life-time."



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