HOLD on to your helmets, because the biggest ride in football is about to get bigger for Prostate Cancer UK’s annual football fundraiser.
Dust off those bikes, squeeze into some unflattering lycra and get your helmet on to represent Burton Albion and Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United in Europe on 3-5 June 2016 for a 145-mile cycle ride in conjunction with The Football League.
Formerly known as the London to Amsterdam – 2016’s challenge is getting a makeover. In an exciting new development, the charity ride will consist of two start locations to become the all-inclusive Football to Amsterdam.
London or Yorkshire? In 2016, there are two start locations:
Set off from Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Stadium – home of the Tykes since 1888.
Or kick off from the iconic Olympic Park in East London.
Last year’s event was a sell out with more than 250 riders – including former international trio Terry Butcher, Matt Holland and Luther Blissett, together with Preston North End boss Simon Grayson.
Yorkshireman Grayson is making no promises, but there’s strong suspicion that he’ll be back in the saddle:
He said: “I think it’s brilliant that the ride will cater for football teams both in the north and the south. It will make it easier for northerners like us to get our bikes over to the start point – although I hear the northern leg’s terrain is much hillier!”
In 2015, the collective Men United squad raised a whopping £350,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, an amount which will go a long way in helping men who are affected by the disease and crucially pave the way for new research and treatments.
Burton Albion’s group will be led by riders from the club’s Community Trust, including Matt Hancock, and fans are being invited to join them.
Matt says: “We are hoping that fans will sign up to join us on this bike ride and help raise funds for a great cause.”
The registration fee is £149. Each rider will have to pledge to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship to help fight back against a disease that affects one in eight men in the UK.
Secure your place by emailing Matthew.Hancock@burtonalbionfc.co.uk or call 01283 565938.
You must get in touch by October 30.