Nine from Guernsey attempt to ride the length of Britain to raise money for MUG
Tuesday 4 September 2012
Their aim is to raise money for Male Uprising Guernsey - the island's male cancer charity which is dedicated to driving awareness about prostrate, testicular and bowel cancers in men.
Richard Le Tocq, Mike Culverwell, David Preston, Guy Ellis, Andreas Tautscher, Jos Ensink, Hugh Tabel, John Clacy and Adam Hart will be peddling hard for the nine days. John Clacy from Deloittes acknowledges the challenge they face: "We've got some tough days ahead of us, the first day alone will see us tackle 5,000 foot of hills and on day seven we've got to ride 130 miles in a single day - we're excited but there's a lot of trepidation too."
The team chose to support the MUG charity, which may be in its first year but has already done a great job to raise funds and awareness. Trevor Kelham, the founder of MUG acknowledges their supporters: "We're incredibly grateful to the many people who have got behind the charity and we appreciate the efforts of these intrepid cyclists. It's a massive challenge and no doubt there will be some sore muscles but we want more and more men to get checked and to do that we need to continue to raise awareness…these kind of events help MUG do just that."
The team has been helped by Cycle World who is providing support and transport to and from the event. "Getting nine bikes from Guernsey to a remote part of Cornwall and back from Scotland was proving to be challenge so we are very grateful to Tim Luscombe from Cycle World who stepped in to offer help. Cycle World has sponsored the bike transport which meant we can focus on fund raising and training," explains one of the riders, Richard Le Tocq.
You can support the team's fund raising efforts and donate to MUG via their JustGiving page: http://www.justgiving.com/guernsey-rideacrossbritain