IT will take more than a broken collarbone to stop an altruistic kidney donor from taking part in the biggest fundraising cycling race in a generation.
David Rang, of New Park Road, Chichester, was featured in the Observer earlier this year as he attempted to raise awareness of altruistic kidney donation – when a living donor gives a kidney to a stranger.
Now he is set to take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 which will see 20,000 riders tackle a 100-mile route finishing on The Mall in central London.
Being a member of the Southdown Velo Cycling Club and having previously competed in the Maratona dles Dolomites and the L’Etape du Tour – the amateur version of the Tour de France – the chance to sample the London 2012 route was too good to pass up.
His training took a turn for the worse when he came off his bike and needed an operation to insert a plate in his collarbone, but that is not going to stop him taking part in the event.
“With this being the first RideLondon event it is really iconic and I am desperate to get to the start line even after my fall,” said the 60-year-old.
“I was cycling down to Brighton and there were roadworks in the cycle lane so I went to go into the road and hit a lip and ended up on my back.
“The operation went well but I have to go back and have it reviewed in three weeks so hopefully it will all be fine.
“I am desperate to make it and if I do my target is no longer a time but just to get to the finish line.”
David is raising money for Give a Kidney, a charity raising awareness of altruistic kidney donation.
“Altruistic kidney donation is essentially giving a kidney to a stranger and since it only became legal in the UK in 2007 not a lot of people know about it,” he said.
“It is such a great thing to do and it can have a massive effect on people’s lives.
“Only 150 or so have been done so far and hopefully I can do the RideLondon and let more people know about it.”
Around 300 people die every year in the UK waiting for a transplant and there are currently around 6,500 on the waiting list.
Prudential RideLondon starts from the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
It is just one of a series of events taking place in the capital on the weekend of August 3 and 4, with an eight-mile FreeCycle around the city’s iconic landmarks, a Grand Prix for aspiring young cyclists and the London-Surrey Classic featuring some of the world’s best riders.
Organisers are hoping to make it the biggest charity fundraising cycle event in the world.
Anyone who would like to sign up to ride can visit www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk.
Anyone who would like to find out more about altruistic kidney donation can visit www.giveakidney.org.