CAFOD’s Summer of Cycling Continues: Mark takes on the London100

Left to right-Mark and John Mills

Left to right-Mark and John Mills

Mark Mills, from Loughton, is taking part in this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100! He’ll be cycling the 100 mile route from London to Surrey to raise money for CAFOD’s work.

Mark will join around 24,000 riders who will cycle from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The Mall on Sunday 10 August.

Riders at this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, which is now in its third year, will be joined by former world champion and 25-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish, who will lead the line-up in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic.

The Tour de France captivated so many of us as it passed through Essex earlier this month and Mark was no exception. He watched the race in Epping and has been using the Tour to inspire his training.

Mark said: “Occasionally I have been using part of the Cambridge to London stage 3 Tour de France route as it goes over roads I cycled as a child; being born in Epping, schooled in Snaresbrook and living in North Weald in my formative years. I can call it the stage of my youth. I’ve also been using the hills in High Beech to practice for Leith and Box hills. I have to admit to not enjoying ‘town’ cycling so I’m always trying to pick the countryside routes, the benefit is you can appreciate how picturesque Essex is.”

Mark was also inspired by someone closer to home, his son John.

“I wanted to take part because of the challenge and also because my son did it last year and I wanted to follow in his footsteps. But I won’t beat his time. He did it in 5 hours and 30 minutes. I’m aiming for about 7 hours.”

With John taking part last year and Mark doing it this year, it seems as though the event is becoming somewhat of a Mills family tradition.

Mark said: “It would be nice to ride with John next year, but it’s a very difficult selection process.”

We’re so impressed that Mark is taking on this challenge and we can’t wait to cheer him on on the day!

If you’d like to sponsor Mark you can do so via his JustGiving page And if you want to watch the race you can find more details on how to do that here.

Fancy joining Team CAFOD and raising money for our work at an event? Visit our website for more information

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