A teenager who volunteered for a 46-mile charity bike ride is yet to learn how to cycle.

Gualter Amando jumped at the chance to take part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 when the opportunity arose.

The Year 11 Nightingale Academy student later admitted that he had not been on a bike since the age of seven.

Nightingale Academy entered the balloted cycling event which starts at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, gaining 11 places.

Gualter, said: “I want to try something new.

“I’m a little bit nervous, but am looking forward to learning to ride a bike.

“I had a bike when I was about seven, but it got a puncture and so I never learnt to ride it.”

Gualter Amando and his fellow riders will get a £700 bike with personal specifications, training, motivational talks and food nutrition courses.

Spectators from Nightingale can watch the riders from a VIP position as they go round the course on the day.

Simon Hoang, a Greenhouse Sports coach working at Nightingale Academy, said: “This is an exclusive event.

“It’s all part of our mission to develop our students as a whole.

“It will help them with social interaction and the discipline of organising a training plan and sticking to it.

“It will be a great team-building experience as well as giving them a taste of success which will be brilliant for them.

“I am proud of them all, but particularly of Gualtar who, on top of all of this, has to learn to ride a bike to begin with.”

There is a launch party at Prudential head office in December, then fitness testing and a velodrome visit in January.

The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 46 is for newer and younger cyclists.

It introduces young people to cycling on traffic-free roads.