WOKING cyclist Michael Smith has helped to raise £250,000 for research into heart disease by completing a 100-mile ride in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey event on Sunday.

PEDAL TO THE MEDAL – Michael Smith proudly shows off his award for completing the Prudential Ride London-Surrey course

Michael, 59, was one of 500 British Heart Foundation (BHF) Champions to take part, and personally raised £600.

The route took tens of thousands of cyclists from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through the Surrey countryside and back to The Mall.

It took Michael six hours to complete the ride, and after crossing the finishing line, he said: “It was a truly phenomenal experience. The sense of comradeship among the cyclists was so uplifting, especially up the more difficult hills.

“I was pretty tired towards the end but the incredible views of London and the excitement coming from the crowds made for an exhilarating atmosphere, which carried me across the line.”

The money raised will go to the Miles Frost Fund, in association with the BHF.

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A DAY of cycle racing, with elite races and family activities, will be held at the Brooklands Museum next month.

Racers Jacob Hennessy, Tom Stewart and Alex Paton pose in front of Brooklands Museum’s iconic Concorde

The highlight will be the Grand Final of the OVO Energy Tour Series on a 1.4km circuit that will start and finish on the former runway of the aerodrome that now forms a community park. The event is expected to attract thousands of cycling fans and will be shown on TV.

The unticketed, free-to-attend event on Saturday 25 May is unique in the world of cycling, as the focus in both the men’s and women’s competition is on the teams, who battle for the overall title based on the performance of all five of their riders in each round.

The organisers of the event next month hope that it will be the first of many.

Hugh Roberts, chairman of event organisers SweetSpot Group said: “We are delighted to be working with Elmbridge Council and our other key stakeholders in order to create what we hope will become an annual fixture of cycling, as well as drawing attention to Brooklands, its history and the contribution it made to motor racing and cycling.”

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