On Sunday 19th June, our IDRM Cardiovascular team took on the London to Brighton cycle challenge to help raise more than £2.8million for the British Heart Foundation who fund ground-breaking research including the work at the IDRM.
With tires freshly pumped, chains oiled, and brakes sharpened, our IDRM team set off from Clapham Common on the 87km enduro. Our very own BHF Professor Paul Riley, leading from the front after being handed number 1 of the many 1000s participating (a true trail blazer despite the commotion caused for people mistaking him as a celebratory). BHF Senior Research Fellow Dr Sarah De Val and team members got away promptly, and the IDRM team composed themselves for the rolling hills of Surrey and Sussex, determined to test their cardiovascular capabilities outside the laboratory.
Now to put theory into practice, the headwind and the few climbs kept the team on their toes as they kept a steady cadence. After breezing through Bletchingley with its well-to-do, picturesque air that characterises the best of Surrey, skirted the edge of Horsted Keynes and readied themselves for the infamous Ditchling Beacon. The team started to feel the 50 miles under their belt as they approached the final climb.
As the IDRM team crossed the line, they had forgotten about the lactic acid in their quads and calves and were relieved to have an ice cream waiting for them to deter any hypoglycaemic effects from the ride. Amazing effort all, you should be extremely proud for the money you have raised for an incredible cause.
If you would like to donate and contribute to the IDRM’s Just Giving page, please see the link below, every contribution is important to helping the team reach their goal.
Link to Just Giving page.