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Later this month, the first of The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Rides takes place in East Anglia. The Tour Rides allow amateur cyclists to experience part of the official Tour of Britain 2011 route that the likes of Team Sky will be hurtling down in September.
Now in its third year, The Prostate Cancer Charity’s Tour Ride 2011 is an established part of the sportive calendar for amateur cyclists with over 4,500 amateur riders taking part in three events last year.
East Anglian ride
The East Anglian Tour Ride takes place on Sunday July 24 and offers cyclists two rides of varying length to which to test themselves by.
There is the 200km Pro Ride from Bury St Edmunds to Sandringham, while a shorter 100km Challenge route starts in Diss and finishing in Sandringham. Both routes are considered to be relatively flat.
Apart from East Anglia, the Prostate Cancer will be running four other Tour Ride events this year. Rides in Wales (Welshpool to Caerphilly) and Scotland (Peebles to Dumfries) have been added this year alongside existing rides in London and Stoke-on-Trent. The London event, which is a 2okm family based ride, actually takes place on the day of the final stage of the Tour of Britain.
Time to make a difference
A new survey for the Charity, carried out by ICM Research, has revealed that despite an overwhelming 82 per cent of bike owners in Britain choosing to take to the saddle as a form of exercise, a quarter of these would-be-cyclists will do so only a handful of times a year.
Katie Robbins, Project Manager of The Tour Rides, said: “We are urging people to quite literally ‘get on their bikes’ and join thousands of people across the UK in making a statement in the fight against this disease, which kills one man every hour.”
The Prostate Cancer Charity’s partnership with The Tour of Britain aims to bring people together through cycling to help raise awareness of prostate cancer and money for the charity.
East Anglia – July 24
Wales – August 21
Scotland – September 4
London – September 18
Stoke on Trent – September 25
For further information on all the rides, please visit the Tour Rides website.