A St Helens man will tackle a gruelling 100-mile cycling challenge to help a charity beat bowel cancer.
Keen rider Peter Mainey, of Pike Place, will get in the saddle for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey event in July in order to raise money for Beating Bowel Cancer.
Opticians owner Peter, 48, was inspired to get on his bike and take on the 100-mile route by his parents-in-law Barbara and Bob, who have both suffered from bowel cancer.
Barbara suffered severe complications while fighting the disease and has had to undergo several operations over the past few years.
Peter said: “Barbara and Bob are an absolute inspiration, and doctors say it’s a miracle Barbara has come through so many treatments. In fact, they refer to her as ‘the miracle woman.’ She always has a smile on her face and never complains.
“Incurring an injury like I did last year while training for the Ride London event - I fell off my bike and tore the rotator cuff on my shoulder - feels like nothing compared to with what Barbara is going through. She and Bob are my motivation to train every day.”
Peter was bitten by the cycling bug after the 2012 London Olympics and has taken part in several long-distance events, including the London-Paris ride in August 2013 and last year’s Prudential RideLondon.
The event on July 31 follows the route made famous by the riders who battled for Olympic gold in 2012, departing the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, going through the capital on closed roads and doing a loop of the Surrey countryside.
Peter, who has been trainihng with Provision Cycling Club in Merseyside, says he is looking forward to his second attempt at the ride as last year’s was a memorable day of cycling.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to this year’s event. It was such an amazing feeling last year, riding through the streets with the crowds cheering us on. It was just superb.
“The biggest challenge will be the hills, especially Leith Hill, but I’ve ridden 110 miles through Snowdonia, so all my training is preparing me.”
Beating Bowel Cancer’s fund-raising events manager Danielle Chamberlain said: “We’re so grateful for Peter’s support and fund-raising efforts, which will help the charity continue to support those affected by bowel cancer.
“The Prudential RideLondon–Surrey 100 is a huge commitment to undertake and we wish Peter the best of luck for his challenge. We’ll be there cheering him on from the side-lines.”
To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Peter-MaineyBBC