"I found out on the start line that they had shortened the course by 14miles to leave out Box Hill and Leith Hill due to the rain forecast. When I heard that I was a bit disappointed because I had been out training on those hills to make sure I could do them, however, by the time we got to the point where we would have cycled the hills, I was soaked to the bone and we were cycling through floods in the road, so it was a bit of a relief not to have to tackle the hills!"
"The second half of the ride was much more fun - the sun started to break through and there were plenty of people out to cheer us on which gave us all a big boost (a lot had been out in the rain all morning cowering under umbrellas - amazing of them to make such an effort to come out and support the riders). Cycling past the Houses of Parliament, up Whitehall to Trafalgar Square and then turning to finish on the Mall to cheering crowds was a great experience - suddenly 86 miles didn't seem so far after all!"
Elspeth has raised £790 so far, and is still getting sponsored at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ElspethJones
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|Sea Champion Elspeth completing the RideLondonSurrey100 to raise money to save our seas.|