Graphic Designer Stuart Hill triumphantly completed the epic Deloitte Ride Across Britain on Sunday 13th 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 Land’s 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 of my sponsors; especially Urban Edge Architecture who have supported me from start to finish.”
Stuart cycled for nine days back-to-back, covering 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.