Ride Across Britain 2019

Stuart Hill smashes fundraising target and finishes his 980 mile challenge

September 26th, 2019 Posted by Cycling

Graphic Designer Stuart Hill triumphantly completed the epic Deloitte Ride Across Britain on Sunday 13 September. Having cycled 980 miles across 27 counties, he has raised – so far – a magnificent £2,975 for Prostate Cancer UK.

Stuart recounts: “Having had a few days rest I am now back in the saddle, commuting to work again, after successfully completing the Deloitte Ride Across Britain. One of the things that amazed me most was the scale of the event. For nine days I was part of a gigantic peloton of nearly a thousand riders, hundreds of staff, support vehicles, tents and supplies, steadily rolling our way from Lands’ End to John O’Groats.

The second thing that impressed me were the Cairngorms. I was really looking forward to riding through this part of Scotland and it didn’t disappoint. Conditions were perfect as I entered the National Park, the sun was shining and I had time to admire giant shadows drifting silently across this other-worldly landscape. Not that I paid much notice once the Glenshee started to bite, all I could do was focus on the cowbells encouraging me to the summit. A victorious climb of the Lecht the following day was the last major obstacle between me and John O’Groats.

Or so I thought. A strong westerly cross-wind picked up and battered us for the next hundred or so miles, which made for nail-biting riding. With some riders making the heart-breaking decision to abandon, so close the finish. However, when we finally changed tack, the wind that had assaulted us for so long now propelled me towards the finish and I rode my fastest 100 miles on the last day!

I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated and all my business sponsors; especially Urban Edge Architecture who have supported me from start to finish.”

Stuart cycled for 9 days back-to-back, doing over 100 miles a day through some of the most beautiful and challenging landscape this country has to offer, climbing the height of Everest roughly 1.6 times. His fundraising page is open until December, so if you would like to help him break £3,000, please donate on his virgin money giving page below.

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    Early starts meant setting off in the dark most mornings
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    Stuart passing through the beautiful Cornish countryside
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    Rows upon rows of rider tents
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    One of the many bridges Stuart crossed on his 980 mile journey
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    Encouragement was appreciated on some of the big ascents
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    Stuart climbing Shap Fell on day 5 of the challenge
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    As you might expect there were a few damp days to put up with
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    Stuarts highlight was cycling through the Cairngorm mountain range
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    His journey north took him past many lakes and later lochs
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    A lot of locals came out to cheer the riders as they passed
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    The wind really picked up for the last two stages of the event
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    The finish line was a welcome relief after nearly 80 hours in the saddle

A huge thank you to Stuart’s sponsors:

Sponsors - Urban Edge Architecture
Sponsors - Urban Inprint