Two Surrey riders will be competing in the challenging Prudential Ride-London Surrey 100 event this August. This demanding 100 mile route from London out into the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) promises leg testing climbs on a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics.
The two local riders have been offered the opportunity to raise much needed funds for the Surrey Hills Trust Fund which has been established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey to conserve and maintain the fragile environment of the Surrey Hills through a programme of projects and activities.
The money raised by the riders will go into local projects with a focus on conserving the Surrey Hills. A variety of projects will be undertaken from clearing viewpoints and restoring landscape features to enhancing the ecology and biodiversity of the area to educating younger audiences on the special qualities and importance of the Surrey Hills.
Richard Kelly, Competitor in the RideLondon-Surrey event & local business owner and resident comments;
“My business is based in the Surrey Hills and I regularly use the area to cycle. It’s vitally important to protect the Surrey Hills when it is under so much pressure from development as well as immense recreational use. I want to make as many people as possible aware of the Surrey Hills and help to make them understand we need to protect it. I’m up for the challenge of the RideLondon-Surrey 100 and it’s nice to raise money for a local charity knowing it will go back into my local area”.
The other cyclist undertaking the challenge alongside Richard is Ian Warby who is well underway with his training. Ian and Richard run local business B1KE which provides a range of products and services focussing on Mountain Bike skills training as well as trail design, build and care. They actively worked with the Surrey Hills, National Trust, The Forestry Commission, Surrey County Council, Mole Valley District Council, Surrey Wildlife Trust and other local groups to create a segregated route on which to enjoy Mountain Biking on Leith Hill. The trail named ‘Summer Lightning’ helps to reduce the conflict with other recreational users and protects the wildlife of the commons.
Chairman of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, Neil Maltby comments; “The Surrey Hills Trust Fund is delighted to have two riders taking part in this year’s RideLondon-Surrey event. The money they raise will not only help to raise awareness of the Trust Fund but also help to raise the profile of the Surrey Hills landscape and those who enjoy using it for recreation”. The Surrey Hills Trust Fund has been established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and the voluntary groups providing vital services for local people.
Wendy Varcoe, Executive Director of the Community Foundation for Surrey comments; “This Fund provides an excellent way of protecting and enhancing the Surrey Hills and will support projects working to benefit local communities and the environment. With your help, we can create a lasting legacy for the Surrey Hills ensuring it is enjoyed for generations to come.”
If you would like to support the riders taking part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100, please visit Richard and Ian’s fundraising pages https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/surreyhillstrustfundrichard and https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/surreyhillstrustfundian