Husband of Jesuit Missions office volunteer Betsy, Brad Snyder is taking on the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100-mile cycle challenge this Sunday 29th July to raise funds for Jesuit Missions. We asked him a few questions about how he is feeling for the big day.
Why did you decide to take on this challenge?
I am an avid cyclist and love to get out on my bike. This is actually the second time that I am cycling the Ride 100 as I did it three years ago. That was the first time that I had cycled such a distance. I find that by having a challenge such as this to work toward is a good motivator for me to get out on my bike and train and to keep fit too.
How did you find the challenge last time?
It was definitely difficult, but I trained a lot. It was challenging but fun. I found the best bit was cycling through central London with no cars, people or traffic lights to worry about as all the roads were closed. It was a great atmosphere with everyone out cheering around the course.
Why did you decide to cycle for Jesuit Missions?
For the past two and a half years my wife has been volunteering each week in the Jesuit Missions office. Through her I have learned about the Jesuits’ work with marginalized people around the world by promoting social justice and building bridges between communities. I didn’t know much about what you did before, but I think that it’s a great cause and you do some great work.
How is your training going?
I have found it harder to find the time this year, but it has been a good motive for me to get back into shape after a few years of injury.
What are you most looking forward to on the day?
I’m looking forward to cycling through the empty streets of London again and enjoying the whole atmosphere of London by bike. I am hoping to beat my time from last time. We had great weather, and it promises to be similar this time.
Finally, are you tempted by the London Marathon next year?
I am definitely not a runner. Betsy always says how great the day is, however I won’t be tempted.
Please support his efforts by visiting his fundraising page here!
Posted on 25th July 2018