Heroic JDRF cyclist completes RideLondon with just one pedal
Posted on 14 August 2014
Determined JDRF cyclist, Louis Dunderdale, was making good time at the RideLondon cycle challenge this week – until an unfortunate mishap occurred.
All was going well until 53 miles in, when a mechanical failure of the 19 year old’s bike caused its left pedal to fall off. Louis walked to a nearby bike shop to seek help, but unfortunately they were unable to offer their assistance.
Adamant that he couldn’t let this hold him back, he had no choice but to carry on. Louis cycled the remaining distance pedalling with only his right leg – not before calling his parents to tell them that he would be later than expected to the finishing line.
Louis supports JDRF on behalf of his girlfriend’s younger sister, who lives with type 1 diabetes. His father Gordon said: ‘As soon as I realised the enormity of this task, both my wife and I were overcome with pride. To see the sheer determination on his face as he crossed the finishing line brought a tear to our eyes.’
He added: ‘I think it is testament to his character that he wanted to complete the ride – determined to see it through to end both for JDRF and those that had sponsored him. I hope everyone will agree that this was some effort.’
Elizabeth Isle, Challenge Events Fundraiser for JDRF, said: ‘Louis’ admirable story highlights the sheer motivation and dedication of all JDRF challenge events participants. Thank you Louis for carrying on, and helping to support type 1 diabetes medical research.’