This is Luke’s story – what’s yours? #meetourriders

Luke specialises in product development at h&h and was the first to put his name down for route three.

A keen and experienced cyclist, you can find Luke in the saddle most evenings and weekends – whatever the weather. He is training for the Sportive as well as a Triathlon so there’s no wonder he’s always hungry (and we mean always!)

Which route have you chosen to ride?

The long one – 62 miles.

What was your motivation to take part?

I think sport should be accessible to all and I love riding my bike. The route passes through local towns and villages near to where I grew up riding, what better way to raise money for a great cause!

What’s the best thing about cycling?

There’s so many ‘best’ things. I like the super long days out during summer exploring new places with my friends but in contrast I enjoy being battered by a head wind on a cold winters day. There’s a sense of achievement after you’ve been pushing yourself like that. I love racing and watching races too, especially the grand tours. There’s no other sport where you can get so close up, the atmosphere is electric.

If you could cycle anywhere in the world where would you go and why?

Most places in Europe. Especially Italy and France. Both have great food and incredible climbs and scenery to explore.

What tips would you give to newcomers to the sportive?

Invest in in the comfiest bib shorts you can afford.

If you could go on a ride with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

Jens Voigt, he’d be good value and wouldn’t moan about going a long way.

What would be the best thing to greet you at the finish line?

Probably food.

And lastly, with your after race food voucher, will it be a bacon or sausage butty?

Can I have both?

If you’re a hardcore cyclist and looking for a buzz like Luke, there’s still space on the longer route.

Click here to sign up and challenge yourself.