Sir Bradley Wiggins won his fifth Olympic gold medal over the weekend and is now the most decorated UK Olympian ever so it’s no surprise that he was the inspiration behind Sanctuary Care’s Richard Burt hitting his own cycling saddle just four years ago – and is now set to take on a record-breaking challenge of his own.
This Thursday, Richard and his team of cyclists will be hitting 100 of the UKs greatest hills in just 12 days to raise £50,000 for Dementia UK, all in honour of his dear mum, Peggy.
Rally behind Richard
To help share the inspiring challenge to as many people as possible, we will be updating you with some of Richard’s facts, fears and excitements during the countdown, as well as sharing daily updates with how he is getting on throughout the mammoth challenge - so enjoy, (please!) share and send some virtual luck to Richard and his team with the hashtag #CyclingwithRichard on Twitter.
Today’s question: Out of the 100 hills which is the most famous?
Richard said: “Probably the best known is in the last hill I’ll be climbing on day 12, Box Hill in Surrey. It was used for the 2012 Olympic Road Race and many cyclists have ridden if on a Sportive, including myself. It’s like riding up someone’s private drive with perfectly smooth tarmac and manicure hedges – the sense of relief when I get to the top of it on the last day will be so overwhelming.”
On the final day (Monday 29 August), Richard and his team will be cycling Box Hill at approx. 5pm and it should take the team just 30 minutes to ride. Before ending at Box Hill, the team will be hitting eight other hills across the South East – you can check out Richard’s full route on his dedicated page, where you will find a map with locations, dates and times (you can even cycle with Richard – the more the merrier)!
Want to find out more about Sanctuary Care’s cycling hero?
There are many interesting updates on Richard’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs page – you find out how a 58-year-old got into cycling by reading his ‘The man behind the helmet’ post or you can hear from a wife’s perspective, when Lorely Burt shares her supportive story to Richard and his beloved Betsy.
Or if you wish to donate, visit Richard’s charity page, and why not show your support by tweeting a cycling picture with the hashtag #CyclingwithRichard.