"If I can do it, anyone can!" says 81-year-old taking on Ride for Ryder - The Sportive
A grandfather from Gloucester will be joining hundreds of cyclists on 25th June cycling across the Cotswolds to raise funds for our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, and he is urging more people to join him.
Norman Scantlebury will be cycling 35km during Ride for Ryder – The Sportive in what will be his first ever cycling event at the age of 81 years.
He hopes to raise as much money as possible for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, where his daughter Kila is a nurse in the Hospice at Home team. The ride is all the more poignant for Norman, whose wife was cared for by Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court’s Hospice at Home team in 2016.
"The staff are angels and I am so proud of Kila"
"All the staff and nurses at the hospice are angels and their care is amazing," says Norman. "The care they gave us was brilliant and I just wanted to do something to give something back.
"I am so proud of Kila and what she does at the hospice," he continues. "She is such a caring person and she has helped me out so much since we lost her mum. We have lots of laughs together and do lots of things together too.
"Kila thinks I'm mad taking on this challenge but as a keen cyclist herself she has helped me choose a bike and we have been out on some training rides together."
"I fell off the first couple of times"
Norman has only been cycling for one month!
"These new road bikes have really thin tyres, which I am not used to at all, and I fell off a couple of times the first time round, but I have worked my way up to a 20-mile ride now," he confesses.
"I am the oldest person signed up for the Sportive so far, and it’s my first ever cycling event," Norman continues. "I have only been cycling for one month but I'm really looking forward to taking part. The course looks nice and flat and I am not phased by it; I'm just going to get stuck in!"
Why not get on your bike and join Norman?
Norman has a special message for anyone who is considering taking part in the Sportive.
"If I can do it at my age, anyone can, so if you are thinking of signing up I urge you to get on your bike and come join me!" he says. "You’ll get great satisfaction out of achieving something and knowing you have helped a worthwhile cause too."
Our charity sportive on Sunday 25th June offers cyclists at every level the opportunity to challenge themselves, whilst helping to raise much needed funds for specialist hospice care.
Starting and finishing from top-class sporting facilities at Dean Close School in Cheltenham, the 29th Ride for Ryder has options for a 35km, 90km or 130km ride.
The perfect event for cyclists of every ability - and age!
The event is perfect for beginners, intermediate and experienced cyclists alike, showcasing routes through the Cotswolds' most glorious countryside including the picturesque villages of Broadway, Willersey and Weston-Sub-Edge.