This past week, Surak Perera, our Maths & Simulation Software Specialist, took part in Nightrider – a 100 km night-time cycle through central London – to help raise donations for NSPCC. He talks about his journey on the Adept Scientific blog.
“Starting the ride outside Alexandra Palace at midnight on Saturday was nice; warm-up coming up the hill, and fast start downhill. There were around 4000 riders with staggered starts of 5 minutes. The start was strong and I quickly got going, overtaking everyone uphill. Cycling to work from Hitchin to Letchworth had prepared me well, I thought…
It is an amazing experience riding through a city at night. You see its different characteristics in a raw form. I felt like I was rolling around all of London’s social facets.
Towards the final leg, the last 20 km, I suddenly lost all energy in my legs; I had hit the wall. At that stage it was simply mind-over-matter that kept me going. The final ascent up the hill back to Ally Pally felt more like a retribution of fire, as opposed to a warm-up like it did at the start. It struck me why I was doing this though, so I never gave up. I attribute my weak finish to the following:
- They only gave us a muffin and a coffee at the midway point
- Absolutely no training for this event
- Traffic jam at Piccadilly Circus + 100s of Saturday Nighters + 100s of Night Riders = Fun.
- Dawn; looking up and seeing the Tower Bridge and feeling like I had stumbled across it on my way.
- Tripping a 30 mph speeding board. This gave us a rough indication of speed downhill.
This thing was hard, so I hope you are happy with my accomplishment!”
Here is the route tracking data for Surak’s cycle through London.
If you would still like to contribute towards Nightrider, you can donate on Surak’s sponsorship page.