JDRF competitor wins RideLondon cycle event
Posted on 11 August 2014
Ian Rees, who lives with type 1 diabetes and is 43 years old, entered the event as a member of JDRF’s elite team Dymag T1D which he founded.
In crossing the finishing line first after a sprint finish, he achieved glory for himself and also raised a huge amount of awareness for JDRF.
The Dymag T1D team members were part of 130 JDRF cyclists who braved downpour conditions to take part in the second Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
Due to the unrelenting rain, safety-conscious race organisers altered the route so the infamous Box and Leith hills were not included. The event took participants on a route out of the capital, into Surrey and back into London for a grand finish on the Mall.
Ian was ecstatic to win. He said: ‘I couldn’t do it last year because I broke my leg, but I watched it with people from the charity and told them that I would be first across the line this year to raise their profile.’
‘Here I am a year on, and I did it. I can’t believe it. That was the hardest ride I’ve had since I was a pro in France in the 1990s.’
Fellow Dymag T1D member Paul Merryweather said: ‘I helped Ian set up the team two years ago so this was all about getting him home first and giving JDRF some profile. So it’s mission accomplished; it’s all quite inspirational.’
Karen Addington, Chief Executive of JDRF, said: ‘What a triumph. We salute Ian, his fellow riders on the Dymag T1D team, and all the 130 who competed for JDRF in this special event. Our warm thanks also go out to our supporters who cheered them on in wet conditions.’