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Message from Hugh Brasher, Prudential RideLondon Event Director

Congratulations on completing your Prudential RideLondon-Surrey challenge! You were one of nearly 27,000 riders who braved wet and windy conditions to finish on Sunday and you should be incredibly proud of your achievement.

The weather conditions were quite simply brutal. At the beginning of last week we were preparing for temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius and working on delivering an extra 40,000 litres of water and ice to stations around the course. By Friday we knew it would be very different and on Sunday we were presented with heavy rain and gusting winds of up to 55mph in Surrey. An unbelievable change in conditions in such a short period of time.

I would like to thank so many of you for cycling with such care and consideration for your fellow riders. It is so important that we look after each other and respect the areas we ride through and I was delighted to see and witness so many of you doing that on Sunday.

Very sadly, Nigel Buchan-Swanson, a participant in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100, died after suffering a cardiac arrest just before Leith Hill. Everyone involved in Prudential RideLondon would like to express our sincere condolences to Nigel’s family and friends. Nigel was fundraising for Macmillan and his fundraising page is here: justgiving.com/fundraising/nigel-buchan-swanson

We are delighted to hear from Virgin Money Giving that fundraising amounts through their online platform are at a record level for the event. If you did ride for a charity, thank you.

I look forward to welcoming you to future events and fingers crossed for better conditions next time!  

Best wishes
Hugh Brasher
Event Director
Prudential RideLondon