HOT off the heels of the Olympics, one woman is jumping on her bike to cycle 250 miles from her Hammersmith home, right into the heart of France.
Prompted by the success of Team GB, 25-year-old Ruth Trippitt decided to sign up for the London to Paris cycle ride later this year and has been riding through the streets of the capital in preparation.
The Dorville Crescent resident is undertaking the challenge in honour of her grandmother, Janet Murphy, 78, who has suffered from kidney disease since her early 20s and she is hoping to raise around £2,000 for the charity Kidney Research UK.
She said: “It’s a cause that’s close to my heart as my grandmother has suffered from kidney disease related illnesses since she was my age. Despite her obstacles in life, she has never lost her upbeat attitude and ability to look on the bright side.
“Having been inspired by multiple charities and athletes over the past year, I decided it was time to do something that would make her, and kidney research proud.”
Ms Trippitt has wanted to embark on a charity event for some time having watched many of her friends shed blood, sweat and tears in preparation for the London Marathon.
However as a keen cyclist she was waiting for the opportunity to use her bike.
She said: “The reason for bike riding is that it has been a passion of mine since a young age.
“I wanted to achieve something that was different – I was inspired by friends running the London Marathon, but wanted to dedicate myself to my own passion, especially as there has been a renewed interest in cycling thanks to the Olympics and Boris’ bikes. I learnt of the London to Paris bike ride – two cities I adore.
“One is my home, the other is my ultimate holiday destination. I wanted to use this opportunity to prove to myself that after months of training and increased fitness, I will give myself the ultimate goal to work towards.”
Ms Trippitt will take part in the three day ride in June.
To sponsor her, visit www.justgiving.com/Ruth-Trippitt