Steve battled hurricane weather to take on the RideLondon - Surrey 100.

Steve shares his story of taking part in the RideLondon 100

When Steve was diagnosed with bipolar in 1997, Bipolar UK became a charity close to his heart. When Steve decided to take on the RideLondon - Surrey 100 cycle challenge, he wanted to do so in support of other individuals and families affected by bipolar.

“I felt like a challenge, not having ridden 100 miles for a very long time, something like 30 years!”

In order to really get the most out of the event and enjoy the route to its fullest, Steve focused on getting his training right. Armed with a solid training plan, Steve’s cycling skills developed over the months and he completed a 93 mile ride two weeks before the big day.

“I can’t overestimate the importance of training to your enjoyment on the day.”

The day itself was one to remember; catching the tail end of Hurricane Bertha, the roads were awash with rain. All the grit was washed to the side of the road and there were countless punctures, including for Steve, who’d forgotten his pump. Steve had to walk his bike through the wind and rain to a technical stop for repair.

There’s a lesson for you – don’t forget your pump -  but more importantly don’t give up!

Needless to say, with a solid training schedule and determination Steve made it over the finish line feeling like a true champion. With so many people along the route cheering him on, not even Hurricane Bertha could dampen his spirits.

“The finish was fantastic.”

Thanks to Steve’s incredible efforts, more people were able to access bipolar support including through our local Support Groups and Mentoring.

If Steve has inspired you, why not take part in this year’s Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100?