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Pimlico cyclist has three bikes stolen ahead of 100-mile challenge

Determined 60-year-old is all set for charity ride this weekend – having bought his fourth bike

27 July, 2018 — By William McLennan

Cedric Littman will be taking part in the Ride-London100 event

A CYCLIST is determined to finish a 100-mile charity ride on Sunday, despite his training having been impeded by the theft of three bikes in the past six months.

Cedric Littman, from Pimlico, will be taking part in the Ride-London100 event this weekend, having bought his fourth bike.

Mr Littman will be raising money for Diabetes UK. Himself a Type 1 diabetic, 60-year-old Mr Littman has been forced to do much of his training on a static bike in the gym due to the regular thefts.

He said: “I bought myself a new bike for the ride but that was pinched three weeks later, along with my old bike. So I bought another new bike and that was stolen too – three bikes stolen in six months.

“I have ordered a new bike, my fourth this year.”

He added: “On a more serious note, diabetes affects people’s lives. Many people are affected and some go undiagnosed for years which causes damage to their bodies. Some people have to measure their insulin before they eat and can lose consciousness unexpectedly if they get it wrong.”

The RideLondon route starts at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London, heads out to the Surrey hills and then returns for a finish on The Mall in central London.

Charlotte Harrison-Webb, of Diabetes UK, said: “Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without the determination and generosity of our incredible fundraisers.

“We are extremely grateful to Cedric for his efforts – RideLondon is hard work and is not made easier when bikes are stolen! The money raised will help fund ground- breaking research, care services and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.”

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