Two-time Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams OBE today joined students and teachers from Teach First, the social mobility charity tackling educational inequality, at the Lee Valley VeloPark for the official launch of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46, part of the world’s greatest festival of cycling.
Adams is taking on the challenge of cycling the 46 mile ride on Sunday 30 July and will mentor students and teachers from schools all over the UK as they prepare for the ride. The route will take them from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through the capital into Surrey and back to London for a spectacular finish on The Mall.
The students and teachers will be provided with bikes, equipment, training and nutrition advice as part of the new 2017 PruGoals programme, a partnership between Teach First and Prudential. The wellbeing and employability-skills programme aims to empower young people to drive their ambitions and fulfil their potential regardless of their social or economic background. Greenhouse Sports, a charity using sport to help young people realise their full potential, has also signed up 22 riders to take part.
With the public ballot entry system for the2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 now open, Richard Walsh, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Localities and Community Wellbeing, said: “From health benefits to greater freedom, there are many reasons to take up cycling and I’m sure this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 will build on the success of the inaugural event by inspiring more people to get on their bikes. I’m delighted this year’s ride is already attracting so many students and teachers and I hope many more people of all ages will register to join them.”
The full media release from organisers Prudential RideLondon is available here.