Don’t be daunted by the thought of organising your own ‘DIY’ Hero Ride - Ian Bisby tells us how to get started.
When Hero Ride was launched, getting involved was a no brainer. It was an opportunity to cycle through the world’s greatest capital city, spend a day in the sunshine with some good friends, and raise some extra cash for the nation’s favourite charity.
So at 6am on Sunday 2 June, a group of us set off from Leighton Buzzard and began to make our way towards London. The 40 mile ride was easy enough and we arrived at Blackheath to an enthusiastic greeting from the volunteers.
We were slowly joined by other cyclists from London, Essex, Kent, Surrey and a bit further afield. The Dawn Raiders, the Big Battlefield Bike Ride Boys and Girls, and of course our recovering wounded all arrived in short order.
While waiting, we met Mark Cavendish who was gracious with his time and had his photo taken with anyone who asked. Then, as 12:00 struck, we began to ride toward the Cenotaph, led by the recovery team dressed in gold and flanked by cyclists wearing red, navy, and royal blue.
The response from the people of London was amazing. People of all shapes and sizes, ages and ability, on rusty antique bikes and the latest carbon offerings, all turned out to pay their respects to those who have been injured serving our country.
If you’re thinking about joining us, the secret to getting friends, work colleagues, or family involved isn’t asking them to take part – it’s telling them!