Weston rider to cycle 100 miles in London
PUBLISHED: 07:14 13 May 2018
The greatest sights in London will be on show for a Weston man when he competes in a cycling event this summer.
Ben Nicholas is taking part in Ride London 2018 in July.
It is a 100-mile ride through the capital and starts from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and will see riders take in the City of London and the Surrey countryside.
Ben is raising funds for The National Autistic Society (NAS) – a cause which means a great deal to him.
He is autistic and has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and is heavily involved in affiliated organisations. Ben is the NAS’ branch chairman and a member of the area’s Asperger’s syndrome group.
The 37-year-old said: “As I’ve had an association with the NAS for years, I have done many other charity events for it, including a ride from Land’s End to Weston and a sponsored train walk along the seafront, as well as a couple of fancy dress parades, in aid of World Autism Awareness Week.
“As this is a subject close to my heart, I find this a very good cause and will continue to fundraise for the NAS in the future.”
It is estimated one per cent of the UK population is autistic, but it affects people differently.
The condition can manifest itself by affecting how people communicate and see the world around them.
However, despite almost everyone having heard of autism, few people truly understand it, according to the NAS.
Ben is looking forward to Ride London which is on July 29.
He said: “As I belong to my local cycle club the Weston Wheelers, I think this is a good challenge and excellent way to raise funds for the NAS and supporting my peers.
“Taking part in Ride London for the NAS is a huge personal goal and my way of helping the estimated 700,000 people living with autism in the UK.
“When my training is at its most gruelling I’m spurred on by the knowledge my efforts are helping other autistic people to get the support they need.
“Autism can have a profound effect on individuals and families but the right support can make a huge difference.”
Ben has already managed to raise more than £700 but is looking to boost his total.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Legs-4-Hire