I’m taking part in the Grand Depart Classic, riding the whole of the first road stage of the 2019 Tour de France, the week before the pros.
I'm self funding this, so any money raised will go directly to the Prostate Cancer UK rather than pay for a weekend long cycling break for me.
The 2019 route will start and end in Brussels covering a little shy of 200Km (120 miles). The route is lumpy, with highlights being 2 very steep climbs, each around 1km in length, averaging 9% and maxing at 20%.
For those that know the area, each climb is twice as long as Market Hill in Maldon in Essex, but becoming significantly steeper. The really trick part is that they are not tarmac but cobbled !!
If you know me you’ll realise that I'm no mountain goat, and will need to loose weight if I'm going to get up those successfully, so as well as a steady cycle training regime, I've also set my self a target of shedding at least 4st or 56lb or 25.5kg before the end of next June.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Every hour one man dies from prostate cancer – that's more than 10,800 men every year. 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. Ignoring prostate cancer won't beat it. Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer. Through shifting the science over the next 10 years to focus on radical improvements in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and support, we will stop prostate cancer being a killer.
If you feel that you are able to support me and would like to donate, any amount, no matter how small would be gratefully received.
Your donation will make an impact, so please see this as your chance to do something amazing. It could be the best thing you do today.
Many thanks for your time and consideration.