Matt gears up for cycle race for hospice

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Matt Rothery is gearing up for the London Ride 100 in aid of Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Riders will have nine hours to complete the 100-mile bike race which emulates the Olympic Cycle Race before seasoned professionals show them how it’s done on Sunday, August 4.

The 31-year-old is doing the challenge in memory of his mum who died aged 54 after a long battle with breast cancer on March 16. “I was fortunate enough to have already told mum that I was intending to ride the race, it meant a lot to her. “She had hoped to see me participate, or at least appreciate the achievement of finishing it; losing her so recently now puts even greater emphasis on completing the event.”

He said the hospice made a huge difference to them and the impact they had on her was positive. “We can never repay what the Hospice gave to my mum or us as a family; they made an extremely desperate illness and distressing time more manageable when it mattered the most.”

He added that the work they do can never be underestimated. To sponsor Matt visit www.justgiving.com/MattRothery100