2017 has been a year of challenge for Domus Nova. Luckily, we love a challenge. Following on from our Christmas campaign, Change The Numbers, our fundraising efforts this year have been geared towards raising money for Centrepoint. The first challenge of the year was the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey – a gruelling 100-mile bicycle ride through London for professionals and amateurs alike.
Donning their Lycra, three of our (bravest) colleagues, Arnaud, Max and Lavinia volunteered to tackle the 100-mile journey on their bikes – rain, shine, flat, hilly, hot, cold – in the effort to raise money towards our total fundraising goal of £50,000. Hats off to them for taking on the challenge on behalf of Domus Nova. It wasn’t easy but it was certainly for a worthwhile cause and we are extremely proud of their phenomenal efforts!
It took the team months of brutal preparation, but all was worth it in the end and they were all smiles as they crossed the finish line after 7(ish) hours of non-stop pedalling. Their training regimes took a motley of different aproaches - from regular cycle rides to work, and rides through Richmond Park to maverick practises on the infamously tricky Leith Hill and even hilly slogs in the blistering heat of Ibiza towards the end!
We tried to get some answers from our triumphant riders at the end of the race, but understandably, they were far too exhausted to speak and then too busy tucking in to a well-deserved meal. One week on, and after many congratulations and continued sponsorship, we are still celebrating the team’s victory. We sat down with Arnaud to see what he made of the whole experience.
"The best moments were both the beginning and the end. It was amazing lining up with Max and Lavinia, full of enthusiasm and spirit. We were slightly nervous but excited by the challenge and inspired by the thousands around us who were ALL contributing to personal challenges, mostly for charity. And of course the elation of crossing the finish line after an inspirational ride through the empty streets of London felt fantastic. The worst moment was hitting mile 60, exhausted, hungry and emotional. I managed to talk to myself that my personal struggle for this ride was nothing compared to the daily struggle for thousands of young homeless people in the UK and managed to pick myself up and push myself to the end."
All three riders have already said they’ve got the riding bug and would gladly get back on their bikes again for next year’s ride. They are even seeking out other hardcore bicycle competitions to compete in the meantime. No rest for the wicked cycle enthusiasts!
Arnaud, Max and Lavinia are an inspiration to the rest of Domus Nova and it is their fierce perseverance that will help encourage us to push ourselves mentally and physically in aid of this fantastic cause. Our next big event is the Royal Parks Half Marathon – in which ten of us – from seasoned competitors to total beginners - will be running for Centrepoint.
Please join us in celebrating Arnaud, Max and Lavinia’s huge accomplishment, and if you would like to sponsor their efforts, it's not too late! Donate here: Domus Does: RideLondon