A North Leeds estate agent will be racing alongside a former Tour de France winner, a host of TV and sporting celebrities, and more than 24,000 other people in the biggest-ever cycling fundraising event.
Paul Lehan, a director of Castlehill estate agents of Otley Road, Headingley, is taking part in the RideLondon-Surrey 100, a road race challenge that takes in much of the route and leg-testing climbs made famous by the world’s best cyclists in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Joined for the event by fellow Castlehill director Simon Ketteringham and brother Greg Ketteringham, Paul is using the race to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity which provided end-of-life care to Simon and Greg’s late brother, Nick, who passed away in 2007 from throat cancer.
The local resident will be pedalling alongside the likes of former England rugby scrum-half and Question of Sport captain Matt Dawson; Winter Olympics skeleton gold medallist Amy Williams; Cowboy Builders presenter Dominic Littlewood; French celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and former British World Cup alpine ski racer Chemmy Alcott.
The celebrity-line up also includes Stephen Roche, the 1987 Tour de France winner, and is likely to joined at the start of the race by London Mayor Boris Johnson.
Taking place on Sunday August 10, the RideLondon-Surrey 100 – sponsored by Prudential – begins in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside before returning to iconic central London and finishing in the Mall near Buckingham Palace,
Having been selected to race through a ballot, into which 80,000 people entered, Paul – who rides for a local cycle club – is hoping to better his top 50th finish in last year’s inaugural event that netted more than £3.5m for charity.
The former president of the Leeds Estate Agents’, Surveyors’ and Valuers’ Association said:
“Raising money to thank those who cared for Nick is the inspiration behind taking part in this amazing festival of cycling.
“Thanks to the Tour de France, and Yorkshire’s hosting of le Grand Depart, it has once again captured the public’s imagination and is being staged on a far bigger scale this year.”
Donations can be made via www.justgiving.com and searching for “Paul’s page”.