The 1987 Tour de France winner Stephen Roche is to take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Challenge, which is part of the Mayor of London’s award-winning festival of cycling.
Roche will be riding in the 100-mile sportive as part of Team SKODA, Prudential RideLondon’s official car partner, on Sunday, 10 August.
The 54-year-old has an impressive 58 road tournament wins under his belt and is one of only two cyclists ever to receive the Triple Crown of Cycling, by winning in the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the World Road Race Championships, all in one year – 1987.
Roche said: “Mass participation cycling is great for fans of the sport. If I was a football fan, I couldn’t go and play at Wembley, but as a cyclist I can go and ride the same route as the pro riders – either in training or events such as Prudential RideLondon.”
“I think people can relate to cycling because of this. There’s something special about going and training at locations such as Box Hill knowing that the pros are out there doing it too, so I’m looking forward to joining the SKODA team and thousands of cyclists in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 challenge.”
He also said that he is working out two or three times a week, building up the miles in each session, in preparation for the challenge.
These days Roche shares his passion and expertise through managing cycling holidays and training camps in Mallorca.