Cancer sufferer completes Gran Fondo

Terminally ill Nick Stormonth turned down chemo to race in Italy and raise cancer funds

by Sarah Barth   June 14, 2012  

We did it!

Awe inspiring feats of cycling grit and determination are usually the preserver of the professional cyclist, but every once in a while a non-pro achieves some feat that makes the rest of us stop in our tracks and take notice such.

Nick Stormonth, a solicitor with terminal cancer, forewent treatment to complete a 185-mile cycle ride to raise funds for other sufferers.
It wasn't just any 185-miler either; Nick, from Longniddry in East Lothian, rode the Gran Fondo Milan on Sunday. He has already raised over £6,000 for the charity he founded, nico35, to support people battling cancer or inflammatory bowel disease.

The Milan Sanremo cyclo sportive is an almost identical cycling event to the professional Spring Classic cycling race held in March and won by cyclists including Cavendish, Roche and Cancellara, and this year by Simon Gerrans.

Along with his friend and fellow cycling fanatic David Bayley, Nick came in in just under 11 hours, riding an impressive 10 hours, 58 minutes. The pair were were 583rd and 584th out 678 finishers.

Nick, 36, who now describes himself as 'a bit sore' from the ride, has inoperable peritoneal cancer which was diagnosed last November, and has had Crohn's disease since childhood.

Nick said : "When we saw the Meditteranean Sea after the Turchino Pass we knew we would make it. It was windy and the coast road was busy but there was no better feeling than coming down the Poggio and entering the final kilometre together - a very special moment.

"It was only when we returned back from San Remo to Milan in the car that the actual length of the ride really began to sink in.

"We were mad but we thoroughly enjoyed it and it was a dream come true for both of us to ride the actual race route where many of our cycling heroes have ridden and where so much cycling history has happened.

"I was a bit sore during the ride but I managed it and it really was a dream come true."

Chapeau, Nick!

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posted by RALPH 98 [7 posts]
14th June 2012 - 13:12

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Chapeau indeed. Best of luck for the future. Applause

Dodging the saccadic masking

posted by notfastenough [2650 posts]
14th June 2012 - 14:34

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An inspiration for any of us. Next time I'm 70 odd miles into a ride and start to feel a 'bit sore', I'll try to put that in context to what Nick has gone through and achieved. 'Hat' indeed.


posted by arrieredupeleton [520 posts]
14th June 2012 - 14:49

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this man deserves a medal, fantastic stuff ...

posted by Karbon Kev [653 posts]
14th June 2012 - 15:47

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Truly inspiring! Chapeau indeed.

posted by drbirrdie [26 posts]
14th June 2012 - 21:46

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Well done Nick. Was thinking about you whilst grinding round the Dragon Ride on Sunday.

posted by aP [7 posts]
14th June 2012 - 22:17

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Chapeau Nick. Puts everything in to perspective.

posted by italiafirenze [68 posts]
15th June 2012 - 9:31

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Chapeau Nick - I went to school with you, so this really hits home.

posted by LorneC [44 posts]
15th June 2012 - 10:57

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Chapeau Nick

posted by cjk99 [50 posts]
15th June 2012 - 21:57

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Chapeau indeed Nick. Applause


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posted by steveb [2 posts]
15th June 2012 - 23:24

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Well Done Applause

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posted by Davetillyer [18 posts]
16th June 2012 - 13:03

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It has all been said but HAT indeed.

I love the smell of cleats (mexican accent, you do the jokes)

posted by paulfrank [79 posts]
16th June 2012 - 22:16

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chuffed for you guys,made my dragon ride of 131miles seem easy...Smile


posted by robbo764 [52 posts]
18th June 2012 - 16:02

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Sadly Nick passed away last week but look out for the nico35 jerseys at the Etape Pennines.

posted by london_lady [1 posts]
13th September 2012 - 15:19

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