Novice Risby cyclist’s first event to be 100 mile ride for autism charity

Tristan Smart , with son  Declan, is riding 100 miles for the Autism Society  Picture Mark Westley ANL-150722-211159009
Tristan Smart , with son Declan, is riding 100 miles for the Autism Society Picture Mark Westley ANL-150722-211159009

When Tristan Smart decided to do a 100-mile sponsored cycle, the first thing he had to do was buy a bike.

But after three months of training, the 32-year-old self-employed carpenter says he is now looking forwards to tackling the route from London to Surrey and back which the 2012 Olympic cyclists used.

Tristan is doing the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 2015 on August 2 to raise money for the National Autistic Socikety because his four-year-old son Declan was diagnosed as autistic last summer.

At his home in Risby he said: “I not only want to raise money but raise awareness. Not many people realise how many families are affected by autism.

The society says 700,000 people in the UK are autistic.

The idea came to Tristan while he was being treated in hospital for appendicitis. He browsed the society’s website for fund raising ideas and saw the ride.

“I quite like cycling,” he said. “So, I bought myself a bike and went out training.

“ I started in April and on Sunday I did an 85-mile training ride in five hours – I’m really getting into it.”

The only snag is there are not many opportunities in East Anglia to train for the route’s two big hills. Box Hill climbes 204m in 4.3km and Leith Hill rises 151m in 2.3km.

“We don’t have any long hauls like that,” he admitted. “We’ll see what it’s like when we get there.”

To sponsor Tristan, visit www.justgiving.com/Tristan-smart