Our spectacular Women V Cancer flagship challenge, Ride the Night, brings together thousands of amazing ladies in support of three crucial cancer charities, Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action. This summer, over 2,600 women will cycle either 50km or 100km through London at night to raise vital funds and awareness for these charities that after two tough years, will go further than ever.
As always, such a fantastic mix of ages and backgrounds, first-timers and long-term supporters, solo cyclists and teams have joined this charity challenge. Every one of them brings their own story and different reasons for Riding the Night and that's what makes our community so special.
Georgia is one of the inspiring people challenging herself to cycle 100km in one night, so that no one should have to face cancer alone. Here, she shares what this challenge means to her.
"I decided to Ride the Night as I’ve had breast cancer and my mum has had ovarian cancer.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018 at the age of 38. I have always been a really active person and had run 32 miles as part as a 24-hour running event the week before I found my lump. I was at the fittest I’d ever been.
I was diagnosed on 3rd August 2018 and within 2 weeks, I had started chemotherapy. I had 16 rounds of chemo, followed by a mastectomy with reconstruction and a sentinel biopsy. As my cancer was HER2 positive, I also had Herceptin and Perjeta every 3 weeks for 18 months.
I stayed active in chemo and went for a run after each session no matter how hard it got. Now, I’m trying to regain my fitness and get some running form back, which is hard with all the aches and pains from the tamixofen I'm taking.
I had a great support network while in chemo and my mum was a right trooper coming to most of my chemo sessions with me every week.
I finished active treatment in November 2019 and three months later, my mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, just as the lockdown was introduced. My poor mum had to go through all her treatment on her own because of COVID restrictions. She’s been amazing and is one of the strongest people I know.
We have both now recovered with no evidence of disease and we're trying to live our best lives. I have been doing lots of crazy events and making up for the time I was in treatment. I have also been volunteering for Breast Cancer Now and supporting women who are still dealing with cancer and the impact it has had on their lives.
I've joined Ride the Night alone but a friend is also doing it. I’m really looking forward to cycling around London at night - I’ve never done an event like this! I have been doing a lot of running, spinning and going out on my road bike to train for the challenge.
I'm also circulating my Ride the Night fundraising page among my network to raise money."
- Georgia Steers
Women V Cancer Ride the Night is a fantastic opportunity for women from all cycles of life to raise vital funds for three very important charities, at a time when they need our support more than ever.
The challenge is spectacular in itself, but the most special and important aspect is our cause and the huge impact your participation can make in the battle against cancer. Everyone knows someone affected by this horrible disease and Ride the Night is a chance to show strength against it.
If Georgia has inspired you, why not follow in her tyre tracks and join us for Ride the Night London 2023? Cycle 50km or 100km through London at night and help us make a phenomenal difference for Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action.Learn more and register for Ride the Night