Today at just after 12:30 pm I received an email, from the charity I was going to ride for, the the RideLondon 100 has been cancelled. Roughly 30 minutes later I got one from the official 'Prudential RideLondon' confirming the same.
I had actually resigned myself to this ages ago and I cannot really understand why not took so long? I suppose it is a huge decision and involves a vast number people and organisations.
It had been my intention to complete it on my Orange Black Special Edition Brompton and under normal circumstances, during the build up to this event I would have completed lots and lots of night rides to the coast and more besides when my friend Dr John and I do a double act and head off to the coast at midnight in-between.
Dr John and I were speaking about this last week and I think we both knew it wasn't going to happen. I have to say that I would not have taken part regardless as for me there would have been far to many people about.
The familiar Ride100 route that has been going strong for a few years now may actually change for the future events - if of course there are future events of this nature.
I have completed the shorter Ride46 event twice, once on my Condor road bike and last year on my Orange Flame Lacquer. I would have liked to have competed the Ride100 on a Brompton and who knows I might be able to in the future.
Of course it also means that the Brompton World Championships will not take part this year either as it is very much part of the whole RideLondon weekend. A shame for all the small wheeled fans too. Hopefully Brompton will get it up again for 2021 - assuming we return to some modicum of normality by then!?
Stay safe out there people!!