Cyclists from all over the country (and a few from abroad) have registered at Blackheath and are making their way into Central London for Hero Ride 2013.
Help for Heroes’ latest fundraising challenge will reach its spectacular conclusion on Horse Guards Parade at 1415hrs today. Over 1,300 cyclists, led by over 150 wounded Servicemen and veterans, will cycle in medal formation along The Mall towards the finish line, cheered on by supportive crowds.
Hundreds of self-organised bike rides have taken place in the lead up to the Hero Ride.
The farthest distance travelled into London was from Edinburgh. A determined team, including 15 wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and veterans cycled 423 miles into London from Edinburgh in just six days.
The 2013 Big Battlefield Bike Ride saw 300 cyclists ride over 350 miles from Paris to London. Waved off by the Duchess of Cornwall at Les Invalides on Tuesday 28 May, the large group of fundraisers, including, British, American and Canadian wounded Servicemen, women and veterans, battled through icy rain, steep inclines and early starts to make their way into the capital.
In a more concentrated, but very impressive effort, Dawn Raid challenge cyclists left the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House in the early hours of this morning. The riders pedalled 90 miles through the night to meet the other cyclists at Blackheath.
Help for Heroes Patron and professional road cyclist, Mark Cavendish, will be in London today to support the riders as they cross the finish line. He said:
“I definitely know about how much training and dedication has to go in to a cycling event like Hero Ride – you have to be dedicated and all of the cyclists taking part on Sunday have a great cause in Help for Heroes that they’re fighting for.
“The fantastic part of Hero Ride is that before the big event that the public get the chance to see in central London, each rider has completed their own personal challenge. Some cyclists are coming in from Paris, some straight from Wiltshire at the crack of dawn and that is a real achievement.”
The 2013 Hero Ride will be the biggest cycling demonstration of national support for the wounded this country has ever seen and is shaping up to be an unbelievable day!
For anyone wishing to donate to the Hero Ride, text ‘RIDE’ to 70900 to donate £5 to Help for Heroes. You will be charged £5 plus your standard network rate. Mobile Text Telephone helpline: 01494 750 500.
To register interest for future Help for Heroes fundraising events and 2014 Hero Ride, click here.