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10'000 miles in 1 Year & 1600 mile Tour De France. for PROSTATE CANCER UK because Its time to talk openly & find a definitive test

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  • In memory of: Don Exell
  • Event: 2017 Grand Depart Classic, 24 Jun 2017

PROSTATE CANCER UK

We support men, find answers & lead change to help more men survive prostate cancer

Charity Registration No. 1005541 and in Scotland (SC039332)

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Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.

Last Year you helped to raise a massive £4730.00 for Prostate Cancer UK in memory of Don Exell. Riding the 2016 Tour De France Grand Depart, the Prudential Ride London Surrey and the Rockets & Rascals Plymouth Gran Fondo, along with Pedaling for Prostate Cancer UK at various fundraising events, festivals and shows around the Isle of Wight, over 3500 miles in total.

This year I'm doing even more and once again in memory of Don Exell. 10'000 miles is my target for the year and riding a number of famous routes, races and events. To achieve the 10'000 mile target in cycling is still fairly rare with only a dedicated 10-15% of cyclist's reaching the goal that averages around 192 miles each week.

To help me reach this goal i will be attempting the Mallorca 312, a 193 mile ride around the Balearic island of Mallorca. I will follow the 2015 route as this takes me into the mountains first before heading south and continuing around the island back to the start point at Platja De Muro. The route changed last year removing to tour around the island and mainly staying in the north of the island. As i have paid for a weeks training out in Mallorca at the end of February i would like the chance to ride most of the island, so decided to stick with the 2015 Mallorca 312 route.

Then over the May Bank Holiday weekend i will be taking part in the first ever Rockets & Rascals Trans Kernow. A brutal 240 mile ride covering almost all of the county of Cornwall. Starting from Rockets & Rascals in Plymouth at 9pm on Friday 28th April we will have until 3pm on Sunday 30th April to complete the route that will take us to St Ives, Falmouth, Bude and then back to Plymouth. Sound easy? well there is no use whatsoever of some roads such as the A30 & A38, some river crossings or private land. No outside help and certainly no prearranged help or assistance such as a campervan to rest or even food & drink dropped off on route. 

And finally comes the 2017 Grand Depart Classic from Dusseldorf to Liege, 125 mile group ride with the Prostate Cancer UK Cycling Team. However i have chosen to apply a slight twist that will help me reach my 10'000 mile target. I will be cycling out to the start and then cycling home again but this time it will take in 7 stages of this years Tour De France. I will be leaving the Prostate Cancer UK offices in London on the 20th June where i will head for Harwich and the overnight crossing to the Hook of Holland. The next day i will cycle up the coast to Zandvoort and then over to Amsterdam before heading for Arnhem. The next day i will head for Dusseldorf where i will cycle the 1st Stage of the Tour De France, a 13km time trial route through the city, however i very much doubt this route will be open to me to ride it as a time trial and so i will just ensure i cover the route as close as possible.

On Saturday 24th June i will take part in the mass ride with the Prostate Cancer UK Cycling Team to complete the 125 mile Grand Depart Classic, the 2nd Stage of the Tour De France from Dusseldorf to Liege in Belgium. Once we have all got over the finish line a coach will take us to Brussels for a celebration meal and overnight accommodation. The next day i start off on my own again heading south to Vivers and the start of Stage 3 of the TDF. I will then cycle while i can and sleep when i must to complete the other 4 Stages of the TDF taking me from Belgium into Luxembourg and France as far south as Vesoul before starting to head north towards Paris and my chance ride the Champs Elysee and around the Arc De Triomphe before heading towards Rouen, Caen and Cherbourg where i will cross the Channel to Portsmouth and commence the final leg of my 1612 mile journey to finish back at the London offices of Prostate Cancer UK.

Throughout the year we will be once again Pedaling for Prostate Cancer UK at various stores, shows and festival on the Isle of Wight helping to raise funds and awareness. We will have far more information with us this time where we can help answer your questions or concerns about Prostate Cancer.

We are also looking for Corporate Sponsorship this year where we can help promote your business at our fundraising events and during the cycling events planned for the year. With a dedicated social media page and sponsorship banner, im sure your business would benefit from its association with this campaign. For more information please message me direct at alltrades.iw@gmail.com

As last year, all cycling events, fundraising events, transport and accommodation have been paid for privately by myself. No money donated has been used or will be used to cover any costs incurred for any of the events listed. All donations made go direct to Prostate Cancer UK. However there are certain items that i do need to help me out on these events, primarily the Mini Tour De France. In order to reduce costs as much as possible for this event i plan to camp overnight with only a few nights in a hotel. As such this means i need to be pretty much self sufficient on the bike, carrying everything i will need on the route. Items currently required are a good quality but compact and light tent, heavy duty pannier racks and a big capacity triple pannier bag system. I will be contacting a number of manufactures for help and assistance for these items but if you wish to help yourself with any of these please do contact me direct for a list of product required at alltrades.iw@gmail.com

I have purchased a new bike for the ride, a sports hybrid call a Giant Roam 0. Very much like a mountain bike with gearing similar to a road bike. I have gone for this type of bike mainly due to my medical conditions. Being registered disabled a feel a bike that will hold me in a more of an upright position will ease the pain in my lower back and right shoulder. The other reason for this style of bike is that i will need pannier racks and bags to hold all the kit i need for the duration of the cycle.  

We always need help from volunteers at fundraising events around the Isle of Wight throughout the year. If you feel you can help out in any way shape or form please contact me direct on 01983 533516, 07557 525 620 or email to alltrades.iw@gmail.com

Thank you all so much for reading this far and your anticipated support for this years fundraising efforts.

Ian Gregory.

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