Barcelona man takes on London’s 100-mile charity bike ride

26 July 2017

Jose on his bike An engineer from Barcelona has found one way to settle into the UK is to cycle 100 miles of it and is raising money for disabled people in the process. 

Jose Herrero Gomez, 27, will tackle RideLondon on Sunday 30 July and raise funds for Leonard Cheshire Disability.

Jose, who lives in Stoke Newington, is a qualified engineer currently working as a waiter in central London in a bid to improve his English.

He says training for the race is going well and he loves life in London. He wants his fundraising to help other people live their lives to the full. 

He said:

‘It is not fair that people cannot live their lives as I do just because they were born with a disability.

‘So I want to raise as much as I can to help people. It is harder than expected to raise money, but at least I can help someone.’

Setting off at the Olympic Park, Jose will travel through the Surrey countryside before finishing back at the Mall in central London.

Accompanying him will be riders from his local cycling club, made up of people from Britain, Spain and Colombia. Jose says that riding with people he knows gives him an extra spur.

‘It’s definitely a motivation. I’m not planning to win the race. But I’ll try to beat people on my team and have fun during the ride.

‘The people here are so open-minded and friendly. I’m doing a lot of practice rides around London and Surrey and I love it. 

‘I don’t know that many people here yet, though. So almost all of my donations are from friends back home.’

Money raised will go towards supporting the vital work of Leonard Cheshire Disability, including funding for disabled people to access activities, innovative equipment and therapies.

To sponsor Jose visit his JustGiving page.

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